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Nov 07, 2019
New hospital development for Sarina

New hospital development for Sarina

A greenfield site has been earmarked for a new Sarina hospital, expected to be built within the next three years. Member for Mackay and Assistant Minister for State Development Julieanne Gilbert said consultation and planning had revealed the existing hospital was not suitable for redevelopment, and that a new facility was needed for the Central Queensland town. “I’m pleased to say that...

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Nov 07, 2019
8 Mile yields promising gold results for Metal Bank

8 Mile yields promising gold results for Metal Bank

Metal Bank says a large gold system is emerging at its 8 Mile Project, near Queensland’s Mt Rawdon mine. The company has received results from a reverse circulation and diamond drilling program designed to investigate near-surface gold mineralisation and investigate initial targets interpreted in the IP geophysical data. “These early results are exceptional with both the Flor...

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Nov 07, 2019
AGM hears union concerns over Operations Services

AGM hears union concerns over Operations Services

BHP was likened to the Grinch who stole Christmas when a key miners’ union fronted the company’s AGM to question executives over the roll-out of Operations Services. The CFMEU argues that the use of the internal labour hire subsidiary to cut the wages and conditions of workers at BHP coal mines is affecting production and damaging the company’s standing in mining communities. ...

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Nov 07, 2019
Moranbah Miners’ Memorial unveiled on Friday

Moranbah Miners’ Memorial unveiled on Friday

The community of Moranbah will see its miners’ memorial unveiled this Friday, November 8, at Moranbah Town Square. Isaac Region Mayor Anne Baker said sculptor Kay Paton from Nebo had been given the honourable job to create a bronze casting of a miner. “The central figure will look over the 13 names of his fallen comrades who lost their lives while working in the Moranbah coalfields unde...

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Nov 06, 2019
Awards honour cream of Qld’s construction crop

Awards honour cream of Qld’s construction crop

The first five-star hotel built in Brisbane for more than 20 years, a committee member for Women in Construction FNQ, and the Yeppoon Lagoon were among the winners at this year’s Master Builders Queensland Housing & Construction Awards. Its efforts on the W Hotel and Brisbane Quarter project saw Multiplex Constructions awarded not only Project of the Year but also the Tourism and Le...

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Nov 06, 2019
Sconi centre stage in 2020

Sconi centre stage in 2020

Australian Mines will sharpen its focus on its $1.4 billion Sconi project in 2020, with plans to close an office in New South Wales as it continues to pursue the North Queensland development. Managing director and chief executive officer Benjamin Bell issued a business update in the lead-up to the company’s November 19 AGM. “The primary focus for Australian Mines during t...

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Nov 06, 2019
Next generation ready to start trades with BMA

Next generation ready to start trades with BMA

Sixty two people have received offers to commence apprenticeships with BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) in 2020. BMA asset president James Palmer said the number of apprenticeships being offered to Central Queenslanders was the highest in several years. “We want our workforce to reflect the communities in which we operate, so it’s pleasing to be able to build on that with our diverse appre...

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Nov 06, 2019
Great Northern details drill plans for NQ gold sites

Great Northern details drill plans for NQ gold sites

The newly branded Great Northern Minerals says it will carry out 2000m of RC and diamond drilling from this month at its Big Rush and Golden Cup projects in North Queensland. The first priority will be Big Rush, where drilling will focus on the historic mine’s Central Pit. GNM (formerly Greenpower Energy) said the standard and intensity of drilling by the previous operator at that sit...

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Nov 05, 2019
Port power to pull prospects

Port power to pull prospects

Development approval has been granted for Pacific Tug Group to develop a marine industry site at the Port of Bundaberg. The project would employ hundreds of people during construction and almost 100 people once fully developed, said Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad. The facility would give Bundaberg a unique advantage when it came to competing in Queensland’s growing marine indus...

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Nov 05, 2019
Sufferers vie for a better return to work process

Sufferers vie for a better return to work process

The coal miner’s union is lobbying for a consistent rehabilitation process for workers diagnosed with black lung disease. There have been five new cases of mine dust lung disease reported in the past week bringing the offical toll to 125, said CFMEU Queensland branch president Steve Smyth. The union, peak industry bodies representing mine owners and government are meeting tomorrow (Th...

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Nov 05, 2019
Have a say on port plan

Have a say on port plan

Want a say on how the Port of Townsville helps manage impacts on the Great Barrier Reef? A public consultation period is now open on how a ‘master plan’ will be implemented. The Port of Townsville Master Plan has been released outlining how operations and growth occurs while maintain the values of the Great Barrier Reef.  Undertaking port master planning is a Queensland government ...

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Nov 04, 2019
JCU attracts high-tech investment

JCU attracts high-tech investment

A leading high-tech engineering company is setting up in Townsville and will be based at James Cook University’s Douglas campus. JCU’s new collaborative agreement with Advanced Technology Testing and Research (ATTAR) will see the Melbourne-based company open its Northern Australian Office at JCU in November. The announcement was great news for Townsville and JCU’s engineering students...

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Nov 04, 2019
$1 million spur to CQ manufacturing

$1 million spur to CQ manufacturing

Three central Queensland manufacturers are upgrading their work practices and creating more jobs for Queenslanders after securing more than $1 million in combined funding from the Palaszczuk Government. The $46 million Made in Queensland (MiQ) grants program invested in manufacturing businesses now to help them grow in the future, said Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke. “Combined, t...

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Nov 04, 2019
Minotaur adds to war chest

Minotaur adds to war chest

Minotaur has undertaken a successful equity raising of $1.5 million. It includes the unconditional placement of 21.2 million shares at a nine per cent discount, at the close of trade on 30 October, of $0.05 a share. It is the first of a two-tranche approach. The second tranche is 8.8 million shares, to raise around half a million dollars, which is subject to shareholder approval. ItR...

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Nov 04, 2019
Adding skills add to a secure mining industry

Adding skills add to a secure mining industry

The announcement from the Morrison Government of a new skills organisation pilot to focus on the mining industry has been welcomed by the Queensland Resources Council. Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement at the QRC’s annual launch of the economic contribution data for the sector. The Australian Government’s recognition of the importance of an ongoing skills base for the ...

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Nov 01, 2019
Dearth of engineers hurting the economy

Dearth of engineers hurting the economy

The need to address the shortage of engineers was a matter of economic security said Dean of Engineering at Monash University Professor Elizabeth Croft. Professor Croft made a rallying call to delegates at The International Mining and Resources Conference and Expo (IMARC) in Melbourne to push the Federal Government for more engineering places at universities. Professor Elizabeth Croft:...

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Nov 01, 2019
Wilmar’s emergency GPS technology a winner

Wilmar’s emergency GPS technology a winner

Wilmar Sugar Australia is using GPS technology to help improve response times for emergency services.  A recent mock railway incident in the Herbert region was the first opportunity to trial Wilmar’s new track layer over the Google Earth system.  The initiative was well received by first-responders said Herbert Cane Supply Manager Jim Kirchner. “Having our railway tracks on...

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Nov 01, 2019
Plans for Queensland’s biggest dam

Plans for Queensland’s biggest dam

The Bradfield Scheme is back on the agenda. The first plan was drafted by Queensland engineer John Bradfield in 1938 with the aim to capture water from north Queensland rivers and irrigate areas west of the Great Dividing Range. It’s now being trumpeted by the LNP. They describe it as ‘Queensland’s biggest-ever drought-busting infrastructure project and would create tens o...

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