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Feb 26, 2019
Rex kicks in more flood relief cash

Rex kicks in more flood relief cash

Airline operator Regional Express has increased its financial support to the North Queensland flood recovery appeal by $500,000. Rex said its $500,000 contribution to the Townsville region brought the total amount through the Rex Relief Fund to $1.5 million. It said money from the fund would be available for all relief efforts arising from natural disasters like drought, floods and fire. ...

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Feb 26, 2019
Incitec Pivot counts cost of rail line closure

Incitec Pivot counts cost of rail line closure

The closure of the rail line between its Phosphate Hill operation and Townsville will cost Incitec Pivot at least $100 million, the company revealed today. In a statement to the ASX, Incitec Pivot said it expected the line to reopen within the next two to three months. It was commenting after Queensland Rail estimated that the line, which has been closed since major flooding in north-west Q...

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Feb 26, 2019
QCoal Foundation and JCU dig deep for students

QCoal Foundation and JCU dig deep for students

The QCoal Foundation has joined forces with James Cook University to help hundreds of students to recover from the North Queensland floods. QCoal Foundation will provide a $20,000 donation to bring the JCU Student Disaster Relief Fund to more than $50,000. The QCoal Foundation funding is part of a $100,000 special purpose grant program to support long-term rebuilding efforts in communities...

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Feb 26, 2019
Operations resume at Moranbah North

Operations resume at Moranbah North

Mining activities have restarted at Anglo American’s Moranbah North site after being halted following a fatal accident last week. The company said the Queensland Mines Inspectorate released the incident site on Friday. Anglo American decided to allow additional time before recommencing operational activities, including the longwall move, yesterday. “This is a difficult time for o...

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Feb 26, 2019
Taskforce to tackle rail line recovery

Taskforce to tackle rail line recovery

Queensland Rail has created a taskforce to lead the recovery of more than 200km of flood-damaged track on the Mount Isa Line. The push should see the line reopen by mid-May, Queensland Rail chief executive officer Nick Easy said. Mr Easy said more than 400 Queensland Rail employees and contractors would be mobilised to work on the repairs, which were now well underway. “Our coordinated...

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Feb 25, 2019
New vision for Daintree ferry crossing

New vision for Daintree ferry crossing

Douglas Shire Council has invited expressions of interest for managing the last cable ferry crossing in tropical Australia. The Daintree Ferry, about 50km north of Port Douglas, is a tourist attraction and carries about 100,000 vehicles across the river every year. It provides a connection to the only sealed road access to the northern section of the Daintree National Park and to Cape Tribu...

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Feb 25, 2019
Pure Minerals buys refinery proponent

Pure Minerals buys refinery proponent

Pure Minerals announced today it had exercised its option to buy Queensland Pacific Metals, the company planning a $415 million battery materials refinery in Townsville.In announcing the decision, Pure Minerals said it was happy with recent results from a scoping study carried out by QPM, which suggested the refinery could produce battery-grade nickel and cobalt sulphate from ...

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Feb 25, 2019
Dispute over Lorena gold operation

Dispute over Lorena gold operation

Malachite Resources has initiated a dispute resolution process on joint venture partners after lower-than-anticipated returns at its Lorena open-cut gold mine near Cloncurry. In an announcement to the ASX, Malachite Resources, whose 55 per cent stake in the project is held by its wholly-owned subsidiary Volga Elderberry, said “the head grade, metallurgical recoveries and plant usage wer...

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Feb 23, 2019
Exhibition captures harsh early history of CQ towns

Exhibition captures harsh early history of CQ towns

A new Clermont exhibition paints a picture of a brutal and harsh existence during the mid-19th century minerals and metals rush in Central Queensland. Laced with murder mysteries and stories of brutal cultural clashes, Towns of Minerals and Metals is the latest instalment from the Clermont Historical Centre. Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said the exhibition focused on the towns of...

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Feb 22, 2019
Phosphate project pays off for CSIRO

Phosphate project pays off for CSIRO

CSIRO has announced that it has developed a smelting process to produce soluble phosphate for fertiliser from low-value ores. It said the process would mean the elimination of hazardous waste and make production more economically and environmentally sustainable. Phosphate is a key ingredient in fertilisers and essential for plant health and growth. The AUD$73 billion global phosphate ma...

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Feb 22, 2019
Green light for shipping project work

Green light for shipping project work

Infrastructure work on the Cairns Shipping Development Project is set to get under way after an Operational Works Permit was granted by the Cairns Regional Council. The Shipping Development Standing Committee provided its final approval for the long-awaited project and Mayor Bob Manning said all approvals for the construction of pipes and pumps to support dredging operations had now been gran...

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Feb 21, 2019
Worker in mine tragedy remembered as devoted family man

Worker in mine tragedy remembered as devoted family man

The mine worker who died as a result of an underground collision at Moranbah North Mine has been identified as Bradley Hardwick, aged 47. Anglo American said Mr Hardwick had worked for the company in various capacities for the past 17 years, including 10 years at Moranbah North Mine. He and his family lived in Moranbah and he was well known in the tight-knit Moranbah community, the company...

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Feb 21, 2019
Sneak peek at Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina plans

Sneak peek at Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina plans

Crystalbrook Collection Hotels and Resorts has revealed its vision for the $200 million redevelopment of the Port Douglas marina. The release of the planned Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina image coincided with the owner of Crystalbrook Collection, Ghassan Aboud, travelling to Far North Queensland. It provides a preview of what the developers describe as a luxury 100-room five-star hotel and...

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Feb 21, 2019
Golden opportunity for Laneway Resources

Golden opportunity for Laneway Resources

An Australian company has been granted a mining lease by the State Government to develop a new gold operation near Forsayth in Queensland’s Gulf country. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the 20-year lease was for Laneway Resources to develop its Agate Creek project, 40km south of Forsayth.  Ore from Agate Creek will be road hauled to Maroon Gold’s Black Jack Processing Pl...

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Feb 21, 2019
Injured Moranbah North workers released from hospital

Injured Moranbah North workers released from hospital

Anglo American has confirmed today that four employees have been released from hospital after yesterday’s incident at its Moranbah North mine in which a grader operator was killed. The company said the four employees had been released from Mackay and Rockhampton hospitals and were recovering. Anglo American said last night the accident involved a grader and personnel carrier with 10...

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Feb 21, 2019
Glencore to cap coal output in nod to climate change

Glencore to cap coal output in nod to climate change

Glencore says it will cap its global coal production around current levels as part of a commitment to transitioning to a low-carbon economy. The move has been described as significant for the coal pricing outlook. Wood Mackenzie’s research director Prakash Sharma said Glencore was the world’s largest exporter of thermal coal and had a dominant position in the premium thermal coa...

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Feb 20, 2019
Rail repair crews mobilise as full scale of damage revealed

Rail repair crews mobilise as full scale of damage revealed

Queensland Rail has outlined the host of problems on the Mount Isa Line being revealed as floodwaters recede. Chief executive officer Nick Easy said engineers and recovery crews have identified damage across 307km of track between Hughenden and Cloncurry, with extreme erosion identified at 204 sites. “This includes approximately 40km of major track washouts and 20km of track scourin...

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Feb 20, 2019
Fatal accident at Moranbah North coal  mine

Fatal accident at Moranbah North coal mine

A grader operator has died after an incident at Moranbah North mine in the access drift. Mine operator Anglo American said the accident involved a grader and personnel carrier with 10 people on board. “The driver of the grader received immediate treatment on site and was then transported by ambulance to hospital, but has tragically passed away,” an Anglo American spokeswoman sa...

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