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Dec 28, 2018
Upgrade works to begin at Shute Harbour in March

Upgrade works to begin at Shute Harbour in March

The detailed design for the new facility at Shute Harbour has been adopted by Whitsunday Regional Council, with works expected to begin from March 2019. The new terminal and jetties will replace the buildings damaged by Cyclone Debbie, which were demolished earlier this year. The final design features a two-floor terminal with views over the water, café facilities, a new carpark, new publi...

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Dec 26, 2018
NQ resource ticked as battery worthy

NQ resource ticked as battery worthy

Storen Technology’s Vanadium Flow battery prototype A North Queensland based vanadium resource has met the standard to supply a new battery technology. Brisbane-based Multicom Resources Limited (Multicom) is developing a Vanadium resource near Julia Creek in the state’s north west. Multicom and New York-based StorEn Technologies (StorEn) have announced that Multicom’s vanad...

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Dec 24, 2018
January start for Bowen infrastructure works

January start for Bowen infrastructure works

Construction will begin in early January 2019 on the new $23 million Bowen Sewage Treatment Plant. The Bowen Water Recycling project is part of Whitsunday Regional Council’s Greening and Growing Bowen initiative. The significant upgrade will nearly double the existing plant’s capacity, allowing for future population growth and investment in the region said Mayor Andrew Willcox. “Th...

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Dec 24, 2018
EOI sought for flood mitigation works

EOI sought for flood mitigation works

Flood mitigation works for Rockhampton are starting to take shape with expressions of interest sought for key earthworks. A key component of the council flood management strategy is the South Rockhampton Flood Levee project (SRFL). With recent announcements of funding for the project from both the Federal and State Governments and the State Government declaring the SRFL a prescribe project...

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Dec 24, 2018
Tenders issued for more coal mines

Tenders issued for more coal mines

The Queensland Government has released four prospective coal areas totalling approximately 672 km2 (218 sub-blocks) via competitive tender with a cash bid component for coal exploration in Queensland’s Bowen Basin and Eromanga Basin. The Bowen Basin is the most important coal-bearing province in Queensland in terms of resources, coal types and current coal production. The northern Bowen...

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Dec 24, 2018
Hammering out value

Hammering out value

North Queensland junior miner Hammer Metals is heralding the results of its first resource estimate and metallurgical program at the Jubilee copper-gold deposit in north west Queensland. The Jubilee copper-gold deposit is part of the Mount Frosty Joint Venture between Hammer Metals Limited (51% and operator) and Mount Isa Mines Limited (49%) and is located less than one kilometre from the Bark...

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Dec 24, 2018
Major Townsville CBD investment approved

Major Townsville CBD investment approved

Townsville City Council has approved a revised application for a major mixed-use development it says will revitalise the eastern end of the CBD. The $450 million Hive project plan which covers 18,000 square metres includes the refurbishment of the heritage-listed Queens Hotel. An initial application for the Hive was approved by Council last year, however, a revised negotiated proposa...

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Dec 22, 2018
Not all hot air

Not all hot air

Australia has become the world’s largest single gas exporter. “For the first time ever, Australia has exported more gas than Qatar in November and it looks like we will lead them in annual exports too over the next year,” Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said today. “Australia is on track for annual gas exports of 77 million tonnes a year “This underl...

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Dec 22, 2018
Mossman Mill bailout

Mossman Mill bailout

A bio-refinery is the central plank of a $25 million government bail-out for Mossman Mill. The Government recognised the importance of the mill to the community and local economy and the substantial long-term benefits that would be derived from establishing a leading-edge bio-refinery on the site, Minister for State Development, Cameron Dick said. “Far Northern Milling intends to establis...

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Dec 22, 2018
Increased mining delivers royally

Increased mining delivers royally

The December edition of the Resources and Energy Quarterly reinforced the importance of the sector said the Queensland Resources Council.The update of the project pipeline featured in this edition showed Queenslanders had reason to be optimistic about ongoing benefits from the sector said QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane.“Queensland’s resources sector is one of the foundation stones of our ...

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Dec 22, 2018
Resources and Energy Quarterly report released

Resources and Energy Quarterly report released

Australia remained on track to set a new record in its resource and energy commodity exports in 2018–19. It’s outlined in the Commonwealth Government’s Resources and Energy Review. It shows a decline in the Australian dollar has helped boost commodity export earnings up above $264 billion —meaning resource and energy commodities now represent more than half of Australia’...

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Dec 22, 2018
BMA Issues $180 million maintenance contract

BMA Issues $180 million maintenance contract

CIMIC Group company UGL has secured a new multi-year contract for maintenance and shutdown support services across BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) coal mines in Queensland’s Bowen Basin. The demand-based contract will deliver revenue to UGL of approximately $180 million. Under the new contract UGL will deliver: Coal Handling Preparation Plant (CHPP) maintenance and scheduled plant ...

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Dec 20, 2018
Manufacturing an emerging priority

Manufacturing an emerging priority

Manufacturing has become a policy priority in Queensland. The government has announced $30 million to establish hubs in Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton to assist local manufacturers to grow their businesses and become more productive. Each hub will focus on strengthening key manufacturing sectors, including: the marine, aviation and food manufacturing industries in Cairns;food transfo...

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Dec 20, 2018
Progress towards liquid commercial coal

Progress towards liquid commercial coal

The New Hope Group is conjuring liquid ‘gold’ from lumps of coal. The fundamentals of turning coal into a liquid have been around for almost a century and are far from being a dark art. However, when New Hope decided to build a concept plant at Jeebropilly it took several years for the company’s Projects Department to detail the process to suit their vision before the d...

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Dec 20, 2018
Olive Downs contracts awarded

Olive Downs contracts awarded

Central Queensland’s newest coal mine is moving ahead. CIMIC Group companies Sedgman and CPB Contractors have been awarded a contract by Pembroke Resources at the greenfield Olive Downs Coking Coal Project in Central Queensland. The contract is for design, procurement, construction and commissioning of the Coal Handling and Preparation Plant and will generate revenue to CIMIC Group of...

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Dec 18, 2018
Bauxite Hills blossoms for Metro

Bauxite Hills blossoms for Metro

Mining began in April this year at the site, 95km north of Weipa, which only operates during the region’s ‘dry season’. Metro Mining is heading into 2019 with plans to boost production at Bauxite Hills on Cape York in the face of strong demand from China. Shipments have been made to five different Chinese customers. Free-dig bauxite is mined by front-end loaders then trucked to the...

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Dec 18, 2018
North’s new take on nickel processing

North’s new take on nickel processing

A band of nickel enthusiasts hopes to have a new Townsville processing plant up and running within three years, with an output geared towards the burgeoning battery market. Queensland Pacific Metals has identified an effective processing route to produce battery-grade nickel and cobalt sulphate from ore supplied from New Caledonia. The method they are studying has the added benefit of a gre...

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Dec 18, 2018
Gold rush worth the wait for Kidston miners

Gold rush worth the wait for Kidston miners

In many ways Kidston has had an unusual history, according to James Cook University historian Jan Wegner. “Kidston was established surprisingly late,” Dr Wegner said. “The three gold-bearing hills later knownas Wise’s, Mack’s and North’s Knobs, a few kilometres from the Copperfield River, are part of the Etheridge goldfield which began in 1868. “Yet it took until September ...

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