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Jan 07, 2019
Supply opportunities in local government

Supply opportunities in local government

From runways to roof liner, surveillance systems to scrap metal and more, below is a range of tender opportunities with councils throughout regional Queensland. Closing on Description Issued By Category Wed, 09 January 2019 2:00 PM BLSC008309: Tyre Supply & services  Bulloo Shire Council Industrial Manufacturing and Processing Machine...

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Jan 07, 2019
3D printing opens up a world of design opportunity

3D printing opens up a world of design opportunity

While it might once have seemed like something out of science fiction, a Melbourne academic believes 3D concrete printing has the potential to revolutionise construction around the world. Swinburne University Director of the Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure, Professor Jay Sanjayan, is massively excited about the possibilities offered by 3D concrete printing in construction, but admits the...

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Jan 07, 2019
Keen interest in rail yards redevelopment

Keen interest in rail yards redevelopment

Townsville City Council is working on a short list of potential developers for the city’s North Rail Yards, saying it has received significant interest from the business community. Acting Mayor Les Walker said the proposals put forward for the North Rail Yards would be judged on their merits and it was fantastic that council had received high-quality potential project partners. Cr Walker ...

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Jan 05, 2019
Cash pledge to help protect against flooding

Cash pledge to help protect against flooding

The State Government has committed more than $1.8 million to Rockhampton Regional Council for additional drainage infrastructure to increase the region’s resilience to flooding. Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said the project would improve the flood immunity of Rockhampton, especially in the city’s north – an area where flooding is particularly severe. “Rockhampton has a lo...

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Jan 04, 2019
Safety ‘reset’ call after Saraji Mine death

Safety ‘reset’ call after Saraji Mine death

The mining union has called for a safety ‘reset’ across BHP’s Bowen Basin coal mines after the death of Allan Houston this week. CFMEU Mining and Energy said it was calling on BHP to provide information to its workforce on areas of concern at Goonyella Riverside, Broadmeadow, Daunia, Peak Downs, Saraji, Blackwater and Caval Ridge. “We are concerned that safety incidents ...

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Jan 04, 2019
Building industry confidence ‘paramount’ in wake of Opal

Building industry confidence ‘paramount’ in wake of Opal

The Queensland Government has moved to reassure people about building safety controls in the State after engineers flagged ‘a number of design and construction issues’ at the Opal Tower building in Sydney. Residents were evacuated from the 34-storey building over the Christmas period due to cracking, sparking fears it was structurally unsafe. Queensland Housing and Public Works ...

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Jan 04, 2019
Cash splashed for better roads

Cash splashed for better roads

Sixteen Far North Queensland councils have been given more than $25 million to spend on roadworks. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the Federal Government had made $25.9 million available to the councils through its Roads to Recovery program. “These allocations under the Roads to Recovery program are great news for Far North Queensland,” Mr Entsch said. “This funding provi...

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Jan 04, 2019
Galilee Basin mining ban would not cut carbon emissions says MCA

Galilee Basin mining ban would not cut carbon emissions says MCA

A Greens’ Bill to ban thermal coal mining in the Galilee Basin would sabotage the employment prospects of thousands of Queenslanders and increase emissions, says the Minerals Council of Australia. Chief executive officer Tania Constable said the Senate must reject the Galilee Basin (Coal Prohibition) Bill 2018. The Queensland Resources Council and the Queensland Mining and Energy Divis...

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Jan 03, 2019
Trust fund established after mine worker’s death

Trust fund established after mine worker’s death

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance has set up a trust fund to assist the family of the Saraji Mine employee killed on Monday night. Allan Houston, 49, from Gracemere, died when the dozer he was operating rolled about 10pm at the mine near Moranbah. BMA said today it had established an account for donations to Mr Houston’s family through Miners’ Promise, an independent not-for-profit o...

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Jan 03, 2019
Strong property growth tipped for regional Qld

Strong property growth tipped for regional Qld

Queensland’s major regional centres are on track for big property price improvements in the next few years, according to market research firm Propertyology. Propertyology believes that the resources states of Western Australia and Queensland will produce the best-performed property markets for the foreseeable future. “We believe that Cairns and the Sunshine Coast have the best fundame...

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Jan 02, 2019
Signs of the times for Adani

Signs of the times for Adani

Adani is using the power of billboard advertising to highlight hold-ups on the Carmichael coal project. The company said it was running advertisements at sites in Brisbane, Central Queensland and North Queensland. Adani Mining chief executive officer Lucas Dow has called on the State Government to provide certainty as to the process and timing for getting the outstanding management plans f...

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Jan 02, 2019
Market’s golden ticket for Australian miners

Market’s golden ticket for Australian miners

Gold exploration in Queensland rose 21 per cent last year as resource companies looked to cash in on favourable market conditions. Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the amount spent on gold exploration statewide in 2017-18 was $61.7 million, compared with $51 million in 2016-17, in the face of strong demand for the precious metal overseas. “Currently the gol...

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Jan 01, 2019
‘Pajingo 2.0’ on the horizon

‘Pajingo 2.0’ on the horizon

Minjar Gold’s Pajingo operation is heading down a new path to what is being dubbed ‘Pajingo 2.0’. A key element of the transition is a plan to sink the site’s first decline in 20 years, providing access to a host of known gold deposits beyond the Vera-Nancy system that has been the mainstay of Pajingo production. “It is a stepping stone to developing a brand new mining region,” ...

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Jan 01, 2019
Worker killed at Saraji Mine

Worker killed at Saraji Mine

Authorities are investigating the death of a worker at BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s Saraji open-cut coal mine last night. A spokesman for the company said the circumstances surrounding the man’s death were still being established. “It is with great sadness BMA regrets to advise an incident occurred at Saraji Mine near Moranbah last night, which resulted in the death ...

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Jan 01, 2019
Alice Queen confident it has ace in the pack

Alice Queen confident it has ace in the pack

A punt on an old gold mine on a Torres Strait island looks like paying off for a Melbourne- based mining company. The Alice Queen company formed a joint venture with the Kaurareg Aboriginal Land Trust in 2013 to mine for gold on Horn Island after previous exploration work there had been unsuccessful. Alice Queen managing director Andrew Buxton said the results from initial exploration w...

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Dec 31, 2018
Metro Mining ends year on a high note

Metro Mining ends year on a high note

Fledgling bauxite producer Metro Mining announced today that it had achieved its production guidance for 2018, shipping more than two million wet metric tonnes (WMT) of product. The 33rd shipment from the Cape York operation for 2018 was loaded on MV Sadlers Wells on December 28 and has departed for China. “This is a great result for Metro; not only have we achieved guidance for 2018 in ...

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Dec 31, 2018
Promoting NQ engineering in 2019

Promoting NQ engineering in 2019

Diversity and encouraging young people to consider engineering as an attractive career will be the main focus of Engineers Australia’s new Townsville committee. A new committee was elected in November and chairman Cosmin Ghebosu said it had already identified a number of issues to tackle. “Diversity and engagement of the younger generation within the engineering and STEM community has l...

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Dec 30, 2018
Young Australian to inject  $2.84m into Cloncurry site

Young Australian to inject $2.84m into Cloncurry site

Young Australian Mines has secured $US2 million ($2.84 million) to advance its White Range copper project near Cloncurry. The company said the funding was obtained from its majority shareholder, Hanlong Mining Investment, as an extension of the shareholder loan already in place. Young Australian Mines was formerly known as Moly Mines but changed its name in mid-2018 after taking over Queens...

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