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Sep 03, 2019
Warning for contractors who fail to back mining sector

Warning for contractors who fail to back mining sector

Mining suppliers and contractors who bow to pressure from anti-coal activists are being warned they may face the cold shoulder from industry. The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said that mining companies would reconsider and prioritise reliability in their engineering and procurement (E&P) partners for multi-million dollar contracts. “Resources companies simply can’t be expected...

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Sep 03, 2019
Lendlease promises local leanings in LAND 4502 work

Lendlease promises local leanings in LAND 4502 work

Lendlease expects up to 85 full-time jobs to stem from its contract to deliver the LAND 4502 Project at RAAF Base Townsville. Work on the LAND 4502 Project has commenced and is due for completion in late 2020. Lendlease says tenders have already gone to market and its is working through the contracts with each subcontractor – with a strong emphasis on local participation. The proj...

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Sep 03, 2019
Hot demand for civil construction skills

Hot demand for civil construction skills

Earthmoving plant operators, paving and surfacing workers, and civil labourers are going to be in hot demand to help deliver $46 billion in construction work over the next 12 months, Construction Skills Queensland says. The state’s 150,000 construction tradies are being urged to take advantage of a new $37.6 million training package. Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) has announced t...

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Sep 03, 2019
Cook Colliery restructure bears fruit

Cook Colliery restructure bears fruit

Cook Colliery produced 538,000 tonnes (ROM) coal last financial year after a strong finish including production of 58,500 run-of-mine tonnes in May. Bounty acquired the Cook Colliery and Minyango coking coal project for $31.5 million in 2017 after former owner Caledon Coal was placed into administration. Bounty commenced operations at the site, south of Blackwater, in February 2018 with ...

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Sep 03, 2019
Focus on regional electrotechnology skills

Focus on regional electrotechnology skills

Master Electricians Australia is backing a 12-month drive to address skills shortages in electrotechnology industry, with a focus on regional Queensland. The MEA has partnered with Add Staff and the Queensland Government to back the Advancing Apprenticeships program. MEA chief executive officer Malcolm Richards said industry demand for electricians, air conditioning and refrigeration tec...

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Sep 02, 2019
Axe swings for New Acland mine employees

Axe swings for New Acland mine employees

New Hope says it has been given no choice but to begin the process to make 150 workers redundant at the New Acland mine after State Government silence on the approvals required for life extension. Crews were informed as they started work at 6am today, the company said in a written statement. CFMEU Mining and Energy’s Queensland district executive called on the Queensland Government to act...

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Sep 02, 2019
Stadium seating rolls out as project powers ahead

Stadium seating rolls out as project powers ahead

The first of 25,000 seats has been installed as construction on Townsville’s $290 million North Queensland Stadium project reaches its peak. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was joined by rugby league great Johnathan Thurston to mark the milestone, alongside Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni. Managing contractor Watpac has engaged Camatic Seating to build t...

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Sep 02, 2019
Premier flags Townsville as key hydrogen gateway

Premier flags Townsville as key hydrogen gateway

Townsville is best placed to join Gladstone as one of two key export hubs for Queensland’s fledgling hydrogen industry, says Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Visiting for a North Queensland sitting of Parliament, the Premier highlighted the issue at a Townsville Enterprise breakfast. “The world is moving towards hydrogen, and there are two key centres that they’re talking about...

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Sep 02, 2019
Green light for $128m wind farm project

Green light for $128m wind farm project

Australian Energy Wind Farm has won State approval for a $128 million wind farm with 16 turbines in the South Burnett Regional Council area. Construction is expected to start as early as March 2020 for the 64 megawatt wind farm, 32km west of Kingaroy. State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the project was expected to generate 100 new jobs ...

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Aug 31, 2019
ARRB workshops in Cloncurry and Townsville

ARRB workshops in Cloncurry and Townsville

Workshops are planned in Cloncurry and Townsville next week as part of an initiative by national transport research organisation ARRB. The ARRB is developing a series of guides to assist local governments in enhancing their capabilities in road asset management and maintenance. They will support national and international best practice in the procurement, design and management of materials ...

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Aug 31, 2019
Exciting times as Tick Hill set to reveal its potential

Exciting times as Tick Hill set to reveal its potential

An RC drill rig is at work for the first time in 14 years at the once-lucrative Tick Hill gold site under new owner Carnaby Resources. The company plans to conduct about 10,000m of drilling at the site by the end of 2019, hot on the heels of its work 4km north at Mount Birnie. “It’s pretty exciting right now,” managing director Rob Watkins said. “…It has taken probably the bes...

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Aug 31, 2019
Round Oak invests in camp and roadworks as copper mine ramps up

Round Oak invests in camp and roadworks as copper mine ramps up

Round Oak Minerals is building a 60-bed accommodation camp at Mount Colin as the copper operation ramps up. The first production ore came out of the ground this month at the underground mine, located between Mount Isa and Cloncurry. “We have started hauling crushed ore to Glencore’s Ernest Henry operation with processing anticipated to commence in October,” Round Oak Minerals chief ex...

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Aug 30, 2019
‘Silence is deafening’ as New Acland workers await State ruling

‘Silence is deafening’ as New Acland workers await State ruling

New Hope says it will have no choice on Monday but go ahead with its plan to make 150 New Acland Coal Mine workers redundant unless the State Government finalises approvals. The operation requires Stage 3 Mining Leases, an Associated Water Licence and approval to continue using the Jondaryan Rail Facility in order to go ahead with the life extending New Acland 3 expansion. New Acland Coal ...

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Aug 30, 2019
Ausmex moves to create multi-pit Cloncurry gold hub

Ausmex moves to create multi-pit Cloncurry gold hub

Ausmex Mining has submitted a mining lease application for its Golden Mile high-grade gold projects, flagging a potential 2020 start date for production from the area. The 225ha Golden Mile package along with its Mt Freda mining leases offered the potential for a Cloncurry mining hub with multiple pits, the company said. Ausmex would be able to process ore from the hub at Round Oak’s ...

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Aug 30, 2019
Crunch time for New Acland  coal operations

Crunch time for New Acland coal operations

New Hope Group has flagged ‘a significant announcement’ today on the future of its New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 project, west of Toowoomba. Without permission for the $896 million Stage 3 expansion the company will be parking up half of its fleet and that means preparing about 150 full-time employees for redundancy. A company spokesman told iQ this month that New Hope needed th...

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Aug 30, 2019
Technology to add production edge for Downer

Technology to add production edge for Downer

Downer Group has invested in Carlson high-precision machine guidance solutions to be deployed across four mine sites in Australia. They include the Commodore and Goonyella Riverside coal operations in Queensland. In total, 27 machine systems will be installed across a fleet of dozers, excavators, drills, and supervisor vehicles to increase productivity and optimize mine site operations. ...

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Aug 29, 2019
Home turf another local effort in stadium build

Home turf another local effort in stadium build

Turf farmers Pat and Fabia Fortini, of Fortini Turf, are among the local suppliers gaining work from the North Queensland Stadium, now about 75 per cent complete. Townsville-based Mendi Group are coordinating the pitch works for the stadium and have engaged sports field specialists HG Sports Turf to design the pitch, supply the ‘ready-to-play’ technology and manage the turf, which will be ...

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Aug 29, 2019
Osborne loaders hook up to autonomous technology

Osborne loaders hook up to autonomous technology

Chinova Resources is working with RCT to introduce autonomous technology at its Osborne mine in North-West Queensland. The project involves RCT installing ControlMaster guidance automation packages on two CAT 2900 loaders to operate at the copper-gold underground mine. RCT said it would also provide an underground teleremote cabin with analogue communications as well as a Fibre Optic Contro...

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