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Feb 20, 2019
Boat ramp upgrade kicks off at Grasstree Beach

Boat ramp upgrade kicks off at Grasstree Beach

Contractor SMC Marine is due to start work next month on a $900,000 boat ramp upgrade at Zelma Bay, near Sarina in Central Queensland. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Queensland Government was funding an additional lane to widen the Grasstree Beach boat ramp and a new 2.5m wide floating walkway on the downstream side of the ramp. “Grasstree Beach is a much sought-a...

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Feb 20, 2019
Geoscientists urge bipartisan backing for exploration

Geoscientists urge bipartisan backing for exploration

Support from both sides of politics is crucial for exploration efforts that will unlock ‘next generation’ mineral deposits in Australia, the Australian Geoscience Council says. “While Australia is endowed with significant mineral resources and the resources sector contributes massively to our economy, the ‘easy to find’ minerals of past decades have largely been discovered a...

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Feb 20, 2019
Discovery Parks – Cloncurry puts shoulder to the wheel in floods

Discovery Parks – Cloncurry puts shoulder to the wheel in floods

Discovery Parks has stepped up during the North West’s flood crisis – flying in food supplies to miners, catering for a hospital with water damage and playing host to the Army. Cloncurry-based area manager Hamish Griffin (pictured above) said the disaster events brought drama, but also a sense of satisfaction at being able to chip in. “We feel very proud to have been able to accom...

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Feb 19, 2019
Feathers fly over review

Feathers fly over review

Adani Mining has rejected the findings of a report from an external review of its Black-throated Finch Management Plan for the Carmichael coal operation. It has described the document as ‘an anti-Adani lobbying document, dressed up as science’. “To say we’re disappointed in the final version is an understatement. The Department (of Environment and Science) has ignored the f...

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Feb 19, 2019
Flood aftermath to add stress to road network

Flood aftermath to add stress to road network

The prolonged rail outage in North-West Queensland will place extreme pressure on the road network as the region’s miners try to get their ore out to port, says Traeger MP Robbie Katter. Queensland Rail last week said it could not estimate how long the rail line between Mount Isa and Port of Townsville would be cut due to extensive flooding in the region. Mr Katter said he understood it w...

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Feb 19, 2019
TerraCom and South32 add to flood appeal cash

TerraCom and South32 add to flood appeal cash

Resource companies TerraCom and South32 Cannington have increased donations from the sector to $3.75 million towards the flood recovery efforts in Queensland’s north. Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said TerraCom had donated $250,000 to GIVIT, while South32’s Cannington mine added another $250,000 to the company’s original $1 million donation. “Thankyou to...

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Feb 19, 2019
State Government wants explanation from Adani over wetlands spill

State Government wants explanation from Adani over wetlands spill

Adani has been asked by the State Government to explain how water from its Abbot Point operation spilled into nearby wetlands during flooding earlier this month. The Department of Environment and Science said it had issued Adani with a show cause letter on February 15 inviting it to make representations as to why enforcement action should not be taken over the spill. “On February 13...

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Feb 19, 2019
Glencore apprentices get set for the challenge

Glencore apprentices get set for the challenge

Over 70 apprentices will begin work in Queensland this year as part of Glencore’s latest intake. A total of 112 apprentices will kick of their career Australia-wide, joining the 250 second, third and fourth-year apprentices spread across Glencore’s coal, copper, zinc and nickel businesses. “As one of Australia’s largest natural resource sector employers, Glencore offers ...

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Feb 18, 2019
Flood recovery cash continues to pour in

Flood recovery cash continues to pour in

Mining companies Anglo American and QCoal have increased the donations from resource companies to Queensland’s flood recovery effort to more than $3 million. Anglo American has donated $200,000 to GIVIT, while the QCoal Foundation has committed $100,000 to support local initiatives in Townsville and across North Queensland. Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane s...

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Feb 18, 2019
State Government reintroduces waste levy

State Government reintroduces waste levy

The State Government says Queensland is one step closer to a zero waste future after it reintroduced a waste disposal levy. “Since the former LNP government repealed Queensland’s waste levy in 2012, we have been the only mainland state in Australia without a levy,” Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Leeanne Enoch, said. “That has made Queensland a cheap place ...

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Feb 17, 2019
Floods build case for Tennant Creek rail option

Floods build case for Tennant Creek rail option

Floodwaters cutting off the North West Minerals Province from Port of Townsville for weeks should act as a prompt for the Federal government to dust off plans for a rail line to Tennant Creek, says economic development specialist Ross Muir. “It certainly raises the question – why doesn’t Queensland have a back door for its exports? The big advantage of this rail is that it would give...

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Feb 16, 2019
Flood delegation seeks economic assistance

Flood delegation seeks economic assistance

A regional delegation will travel to Canberra next week to fast-track an economic recovery following the recent unprecedented flooding event in Queensland’s north and north-west. Mayors and representatives from the North Queensland and North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils, MITEZ, Queensland Resources Council and AgForce will join Townsville Enterprise on the trip, star...

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Feb 16, 2019
JV to start early works for Kidston hydro project

JV to start early works for Kidston hydro project

Genex Power has entered an agreement with the McConnell Dowell/John Holland joint venture to immediately start early works on the 250MW Kidston pumped storage hydro project. Genex said the agreed program of works would accelerate development of the project ahead of financial close, expected in the first half of this year. It will focus on work surrounding hydraulic design and related activ...

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Feb 15, 2019
Road wreckage gradually revealed after flooding

Road wreckage gradually revealed after flooding

Large sections of the Flinders Highway between Richmond to Julia Creek remain inundated and inaccessible today. State Transport Minister Mark Bailey said this included a section of the highway between Julia Creek and Nelia, still covered by flood waters over a metre deep on Thursday. “The expanse of land that has been covered by water is incredible,” he said. “We expect the...

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Feb 15, 2019
Review complicates Adani mine plans

Review complicates Adani mine plans

Adani has written to the State Government expressing its concern after a review the Government commissioned found the company’s plan to protect an endangered bird found near its proposed Carmichael mine site was inadequate. The review, carried out by University of Melbourne conservation ecologist Brendan Wintle, suggested that Adani’s plan did not go far enough in protecting the bl...

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Feb 14, 2019
No end in sight for North West’s rail cut

No end in sight for North West’s rail cut

Queensland Rail says it still can’t estimate how long the rail line connecting North-West Queensland’s mining operations with the Port of Townsville will be cut. Chief executive officer Nick Easy said the Mount Isa Line between Cloncurry and Hughenden, and many surrounding communities and roads, continues to be impacted by extensive flood waters. “Recovering the Mount Isa Line for our...

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Feb 14, 2019
Infrastructure Australia releases project hit list

Infrastructure Australia releases project hit list

Infrastructure Australia has released the 2019 Infrastructure Priority List, presenting a $58 billion project pipeline to guide investment. New Queensland entries on the list include M1 Pacific Motorway capacity (Eight Mile Plains to Tugun), Broadbeach–Burleigh Heads public transport connectivity, Centenary Motorway capacity and Warrego Highway east corridor improvements. “The 2019 ...

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Feb 14, 2019
Skills Map points the way for mining future

Skills Map points the way for mining future

Innovation, people and skills, plus technological advances, will deliver a more globally competitive minerals sector, according to the Minerals Council of Australia. MCA chief executive officer, Tania Constable, said the result would be an increase in fulfilling careers in highly paid, high-skilled jobs. Ms Constable said today’s release of professional services firm EY’s Skills Map f...

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