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Jan 14, 2019
Tap into water-wise supply opportunities

Tap into water-wise supply opportunities

Townsville City Council has urged local businesses to make the most of supply opportunities created by the $10 million Water Smart Package. It has re-commenced a tender for local suppliers for compost bins and worm farms, mulch delivery, water wise plants and irrigation system optimisation and repairs. The $10 million Water Smart Package is funded from the Queensland Government’s $22...

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Jan 11, 2019
CuDeco confirms further halt at Rocklands

CuDeco confirms further halt at Rocklands

CuDeco has confirmed it will not be resuming operations at the Rocklands copper mine in north-west Queensland this month. The company ceased operations at the mine, near Cloncurry, on August 31 last year and said today it hoped to resume as soon as possible, once funding was in place. “Currently, operations remain suspended, however CuDeco is working to resume operations as quickl...

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Jan 11, 2019
Realm Resources takeover complete

Realm Resources takeover complete

Taurus Funds Management has completed a takeover of Foxleigh mine operator Realm Resources. Taurus was an 85 per cent shareholder of Realm prior to buying out minority shareholders via a takeover offer. Realm’s existing management team is expected to remain in place following the takeover, with little change operationally at Foxleigh The Foxleigh metallurgical coal mine, 12km south-w...

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Jan 11, 2019
Councils given cash for planning projects

Councils given cash for planning projects

More than 20 council-led planning projects have secured backing through the second round of the State Government’s $4.5 million Innovation and Improvement Fund. Acting Premier and Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick, said the Government was committed to supporting councils develop innovative ways to improve their planning systems and pract...

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Jan 11, 2019
Townsville program equips students for new technology

Townsville program equips students for new technology

A new high school program to help equip future tradespeople and technicians to work with emerging technologies is kicking off in Townsville this month. Thirty-six Year 11 students are joining Queensland’s first P-TECH (Pathways in Technology) pilot program, being offered through Tec-NQ. It is one of four new P-TECH partnerships commencing across Australia in 2019, in addition to 10 alread...

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Jan 11, 2019
Golden jobs opportunity at new Barbara mine

Golden jobs opportunity at new Barbara mine

SES Labour Solutions is recruiting for  about 50 new mining production roles at the new Barbara open-pit mine, 60km north-east of Mount Isa. Mine development works are due to get underway next month at the Round Oak Minerals project and mining is expected to start in March. SES said the site would require a wide range of vehicle operators with open-cut mine experience, including haul truck...

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Jan 10, 2019
Survey kicks off for Great Keppel Island connection

Survey kicks off for Great Keppel Island connection

Vision Surveys Qld is due to undertake marine survey work from next week for the provision of power and water to Great Keppel Island. Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga, who pledged $25 million for the connection leading up to the last election, described the project as game-changing. Mrs Lauga said providing affordable and reliable power and water would support existing tourist operators t...

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Jan 10, 2019
Heat takes its toll in 2018

Heat takes its toll in 2018

Queensland had its fifth-warmest year on record in 2018, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. The bureau today released its Annual Climate Statement, showing 2018 was Australia’s third-warmest year on record, while rainfall totals were the lowest since 2005. The Annual Climate Statement is the bureau’s official summary of the previous year and includes information on temp...

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Jan 10, 2019
Premium potential for NQ silica sand project

Premium potential for NQ silica sand project

Testing has backed Diatreme Resources’ Galalar silica project as being able to produce premium-grade product suitable for high-tech applications. Galalar forms part of Diatreme’s Cape Bedford Silica/Heavy Minerals Project, about 200km north of Cairns. The company described the results from specialist bulk sample testing in China as a major boost for the project. “These re...

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Jan 09, 2019
Sedgman wins lucrative coal contract

Sedgman wins lucrative coal contract

Cimic Group’s mineral processing company, Sedgman, has been awarded a $155 million contract at the Byerwen coal mine in the Bowen Basin. The contract continues Cimic Group’s long-standing relationship with the QCoal Group. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract will deliver an expansion on the first phase of the project, which Sedgman was awarded in Februar...

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Jan 09, 2019
Design vision for Townsville Hive revealed

Design vision for Townsville Hive revealed

Conrad Gargett has revealed details of the commercial complex at the centre of Townsville’s $450 million Hive development. The multi-disciplinary design practice is working closely with DMA Partners, appointed by the Gleeson Group to manage the project. Conrad Gargett was engaged to design a state-of-the-art commercial building located at 45 Flinders St and 10 The Strand in Townsville. ...

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Jan 08, 2019
No decision on Ravenswood spin-off says Resolute

No decision on Ravenswood spin-off says Resolute

Resolute Mining has moved to hose down reports of a planned spin-off or sale of the Ravenswood gold operation to focus on its African interests. But it will be reviewing the asset – saying this is consistent with the company’s ongoing efforts to identify cost savings and revenue enhancements as the Ravenswood Expansion Project develops. “Resolute has not made any decision in ...

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Jan 08, 2019
Floodplain upgrade project about to ramp up

Floodplain upgrade project about to ramp up

Work on the $514.3 million Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade project south of Townsville is due to hit full tilt in April. Principal contractor The Infrastructure Group (TIG) has committed to maximising opportunities to use people, goods and services available in the region. As part of this commitment, it is due to hold an industry procurement information session early next month to inform ...

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Jan 08, 2019
Round Oak ready to start  mining at Barbara

Round Oak ready to start mining at Barbara

Mining is due to start in early March at Round Oak Minerals’ Barbara copper-gold project, about 60km north-east of Mount Isa.  Chief executive officer Rob Cooper said the company had selected a preferred tenderer for contract mining at the site and the new operation’s general manager, Dean Pointon, started work last week. Ore from the project will be processed at Glencore’s...

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Jan 08, 2019
New NQ fertiliser plant gears up for mid-year exports

New NQ fertiliser plant gears up for mid-year exports

Agripower expects the first fertiliser exports in June from its $52 million fertiliser manufacturing plant at Charters Towers. Agripower managing director Peter Prentice said key electrical works would begin next week at the plant, which was near mechanical completion. The six-week task to interconnect the components electrically will be managed by SMEC’s Townsville branch and undertaken ...

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Jan 08, 2019
Gladstone port breaks LNG export record

Gladstone port breaks LNG export record

Record LNG exports from the Port of Gladstone confirm the resource sector’s importance to the Queensland economy, according to the Queensland Resources Council.QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said data released by Gladstone Ports showed a new record of 20.58 million tonnes of LNG was exported in 2018, which eclipsed the previous record set in 2017 of 20.23 million tonnes.“Queensland’...

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Jan 08, 2019
Employment outlook brighter for 2019

Employment outlook brighter for 2019

Hiring intentions across the mining and construction sector have reached their highest level in seven years, according to the latest analysis from the Manpower Group’s Employment Outlook Survey. The survey collects data from over 59,000 employers in 43 countries, including 1500 employers in Australia. The net employment outlook for the sector in the first quarter of 2019 is +22 per c...

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Jan 08, 2019
Plan to expand Northern Beaches development

Plan to expand Northern Beaches development

Developer Maidment Group plans to expand Sanctum Estate in Townsville’s Northern Beaches area, lodging an application to create 146 residential lots. The proposal before Townsville City Council would see five more stages added to the residential estate, including two public parks. Townsville Acting Mayor and Planning and Development Committee Chair Cr Les Walker said this development appl...

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