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Nov 12, 2019
Driverless haulage at CQ mine a first for BMA

Driverless haulage at CQ mine a first for BMA

Goonyella Riverside mine in Central Queensland will be the first BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) site to have autonomous haul trucks. They’ll be introduced from the first half of next year, BMA asset president James Palmer says. It comes just a month after Anglo American backed off a proposal to introduce Autonomous Haulage Systems (AHS) for a portion of its truck fleet at Dawson Mine...

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Nov 12, 2019
Loan leverages economies of scale

Loan leverages economies of scale

A successful loan offer to Metro Mining would help its Bauxite Hills operation almost double production over the next 24 months. It would allow the operation to capitalise on economies of scale. The opportunity has come in the form of a Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) investment to fund a new floating terminal on the Skardon River on the north-west coast of Cape York Penin...

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Nov 12, 2019
Bowen Basin gas deal for NQ battery chemicals plant

Bowen Basin gas deal for NQ battery chemicals plant

A planned $415 million battery chemicals plant in Townsville will be powered by gas from the Bowen Basin under an agreement announced today. Blue Energy has signed a non-binding MOU with Queensland Pacific Metals, the proponents of the Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub (TECH) project. The news comes one month after Blue Energy signed an MOU with North Queensland Gas Pipeline owner Palisade In...

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Nov 12, 2019
Supply opportunities in local government

Supply opportunities in local government

From road realignment to policing parking, chemical supplies to fencing and more, below is a list of current council tenders in regional Queensland. Mon, 09 December 2019 2:00 PM SDRC009269: 20_066 Bourkes Road Bridge Replacement  Southern Downs Regional Council Mon, 09 December 2019 2:00 PM SDRC009270: 20_065 Upper Springs Road Bridge Replacement  ...

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Nov 12, 2019
NQ Cowboys project in the running for $20m loan

NQ Cowboys project in the running for $20m loan

The North Queensland Cowboys have received Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) approval for a $20 million loan to build their planned Community, Training and High Performance Centre in Townsville. The NAIF’s investment decision will now be considered by Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan under the requirements of the NAIF Act. Senator Canavan said the proposed facil...

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Nov 11, 2019
Moranbah hosts mining alliance meeting

Moranbah hosts mining alliance meeting

Mayors from Australia’s mining strongholds have gathered in Moranbah to share experiences to help better advocate for resource communities. Isaac Regional Council played host to the three-day annual Australian Mining Cities Alliance meeting last week. Mayor Anne Baker said the Alliance considered and addressed issues and progressed the economic development of mining cities across Aust...

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Nov 11, 2019
Coal community tribute to those lost on the job

Coal community tribute to those lost on the job

As the community gathered to witness the unveiling of the new Moranbah Miners’ Memorial they remembered ‘ the human cost to an industry that is in our DNA’. A 1200-strong crowd witnessed the illumination of the sandstone plinth at the memorial on Friday evening (November 8). Mayor Anne Baker said the memorial unveiling and service gave her a huge sense of Isaac pride. “W...

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Nov 11, 2019
JCB’s quiet achiever of the construction site

JCB’s quiet achiever of the construction site

JCB has released its first electric excavator, touted as the quietest digger in its range. The manufacturer says the zero-emission JCB 19C-1 E-TEC mini excavator will allow contractors to work inside buildings and in emissions-sensitive inner city environments. It will also allow rail contractors to operate in tunnels and underground, without having to install costly exhaust extraction eq...

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Nov 11, 2019
Man versus the elements

Man versus the elements

If Sven Sewell wanted a challenging job, he got it at Bauxite Hills. The environmental manager wields his science to manage climatic forces in far north Queensland, that are legendary even in a country renowned for its weather extremes.   Mr Sewell is based on the Metro Mining operation located on the western side of Cape York Peninsula about 95 kilometres north of Weipa. In a ...

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Nov 11, 2019
Crater Gold launches drilling campaign at Croydon project

Crater Gold launches drilling campaign at Croydon project

Crater Gold Mining has engaged DRC Drilling to immediately start work at its polymetallic project in the Croydon region as part of a renewed focus on exploration for the company. Crater said the initial program of three diamond core drill holes, each up to 450m depth, would test high-priority targets at the North Queensland site. “I’m very pleased about the decision of the company to re...

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Nov 09, 2019
Capricorn Highway works get underway

Capricorn Highway works get underway

The $75 million Capricorn Highway duplication project has kicked off near Rockhampton. More than 180 local jobs are expected to be created by the four-lane upgrade from Rockhampton to Gracemere. It coincides with the halfway mark on works for the $157 million Bruce Highway upgrade north of Rockhampton, which has created more than 400 jobs for the region. Federal Member for Capricornia Mi...

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Nov 08, 2019
Permit clears path for Ravenswood gold expansion

Permit clears path for Ravenswood gold expansion

Resolute Mining has received the new Environment Authority required for its ongoing Ravenswood Expansion Project. The company said the new permit would allow it to expand the existing Nolans Tailing Storage Facility (NTSF) and to ultimately proceed with in-pit tailings storage as part of the expansion plan. Resolute said the first stage of the REP had commenced with the recommissioning of ...

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Nov 08, 2019
Cranes cap off latest stage in NQ Stadium construction

Cranes cap off latest stage in NQ Stadium construction

The last of 36 roof trusses have been craned into place for the North Queensland Stadium’s Pandanus plant-inspired roof. Hi-tech UV-resistant Teflon-coated fabric is now being fitted over the peaked roof sections and is expected to be completed in December 2019. With the main stadium build works now more than 85 per cent complete, the State Government says the Townsville project r...

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Nov 08, 2019
Cobalt future beckons for Capricorn Copper

Cobalt future beckons for Capricorn Copper

Capricorn Copper is keen to add cobalt to its product line after modelling proving the extent of the resource at its copper operation, 125km north of Mount Isa. Chief executive officer Brett Fletcher said the company was excited about the potential to produce and sell cobalt, which is expected to generate increasing demand as one of the specialist metals used in battery production. “We ha...

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Nov 08, 2019
Decmil scores $40m-plus Adani rail network contracts

Decmil scores $40m-plus Adani rail network contracts

Decmil Group has won two work packages for the development of Adani’s Carmichael coal project rail infrastructure. The company’s Queensland business unit has been awarded a $40 million contract to design and construct three 400-bed temporary accommodation camps for construction workers on the Carmichael Rail Network project. The second package awarded was an initial $1.4 million...

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Nov 08, 2019
Ardmore operations on ice amid poor phosphate prices

Ardmore operations on ice amid poor phosphate prices

Centrex Metals has announced it is deferring start-up operations at its Ardmore phosphate project, south of Mount Isa, and implementing cost-cutting measures. The announcement comes within two months of the company completing on-site assembly of a 70-tonne per hour start-up plant, which can be upgraded to meet the proposed full-scale Ardmore production of 800,000 tonnes per annum of concentra...

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Nov 08, 2019
Councils welcome cash injection for drought areas

Councils welcome cash injection for drought areas

The Local Government Association of Queensland has welcomed Federal Government moves to provide drought funding for non-farm businesses and extra funding for councils in affected regions. More than 66 percent of the land area of Queensland is drought declared, directly or indirectly affecting more than one million people. LGAQ chief executive Greg Hallam said while it was farm businesses t...

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Nov 07, 2019
Funding setback for NQ pumped storage hydro project

Funding setback for NQ pumped storage hydro project

A setback for Genex Power has sparked fears over the future of the NAIF loan approved for the $700 million Kidston pumped storage hydro project. Labor Senator for Queensland Murray Watt said the renewable energy project’s $610 million Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility loan – the largest ticked off under NAIF so far – was now under a cloud. It came after electric...

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