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Jul 05, 2019
School’s in for Mackay’s Qantas hopes

School’s in for Mackay’s Qantas hopes

Mackay has been announced today as the preferred location for the second Qantas Group Pilot Academy site. The news follows a competitive process to select two locations from a shortlist of nine regional cities, with Toowoomba announced as the first choice last September. “Mackay offers optimal flying conditions and a sunny Queensland lifestyle which makes it an ideal site for a pilot...

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Jul 05, 2019
Aeon boosts acreage around Walford Creek project

Aeon boosts acreage around Walford Creek project

Aeon Metals has boosted its regional tenement holding around the Walford Creek copper and cobalt project in North-West Queensland. Through application for five additional mineral exploration permits (EPMs) and finalisation of an earn-in arrangement over an adjoining EPM, Aeon has added a further 130km of potential strike extent east of the project. In an announcement to the ASX, the company...

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Jul 05, 2019
CQ bridge works to boost freight efficiency

CQ bridge works to boost freight efficiency

Freight efficiency and flood immunity along the Capricorn Highway near Rockhampton are set for major improvement with an $8.3 million bridge project. Contractor Queensland Bridge and Civil has started work on the replacement of a timber bridge over Valentine Creek, south-west of Gracemere. Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said project works involved replacing the timber bridge with a w...

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Jul 04, 2019
Poitrel breaks ground with wireless blast technology

Poitrel breaks ground with wireless blast technology

BHP Mitsui Coal’s Poitrel Mine recently pressed the button on an Australian-first – a wireless open-cut blast. BHP said the team at Poitrel, south-east of Moranbah, had been trialing the ORICA WebGen technology for some time. The system involves wireless in-hole primers initiated by a firing command that communicates through rock, water and air. Superintendent Production A&a...

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Jul 04, 2019
Water fight as Townsville  pipeline report emerges

Water fight as Townsville pipeline report emerges

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill is calling for more information after an economic report by consultants Jacobs indicating the case for Stage 2 of the Haughton water supply pipeline does not stack up. She said she had not seen a full copy of the report, but called on the region’s political representatives to not back away the moment ‘bureaucracy put up an obstacle’ to the water s...

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Jul 04, 2019
Empress Creek gold find gathers momentum

Empress Creek gold find gathers momentum

A junior gold explorer with a chairman having an impressive corporate record is hoping it has the makings of a significant discovery in the hinterland of North Queensland. Moho Resources has gained significant drill results at the Arrowhead prospect at Empress Springs, near an earlier Arrowhead find that had a zinc-copper-tin association. Empress Springs is 50km south of Croydon. The lat...

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Jul 04, 2019
Naval giant docks in Cairns

Naval giant docks in Cairns

Ports North has welcomed HMAS Canberra, the largest vessel serving in the Royal Australian Navy, to the Port of Cairns today for her first visit to the city. The 230m long vessel is one of the newest of the fleet, commissioned in 2014, and arrived carrying about 1000 crew and soldiers. She will be berthed at Wharf 7/8 until next Tuesday (July 9). “She made quite a spectacular entry,” Po...

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Jul 04, 2019
Thalanga zinc miner goes for gold with NSW acquisition

Thalanga zinc miner goes for gold with NSW acquisition

Thalanga mine operator Red River Resources has moved into the gold business with the acquistion of the Hillgrove gold-antimony project in New South Wales Red River said its had entered into a binding agreement with Bracken Resources to acquire the project for $4 million, payable in Red River shares. Hillgrove was placed on care and maintenance in 2016 due to low prevailing antimony prices....

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Jul 04, 2019
Peabody starts re-entry at North Goonyella mine

Peabody starts re-entry at North Goonyella mine

Peabody Energy says it has commenced re-entry of Zone 1 of the North Goonyella underground mine near Moranbah. Carried out in consultation with the Queensland Mine Inspectorate, the activities were part of a comprehensive, phased reventilation and safe re-entry plan for the mine, the company said. The coal mine was closed after a fire caused by high gas levels during a longwall move in Sept...

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Jul 04, 2019
State approves further Surat Basin gas exploration

State approves further Surat Basin gas exploration

The Queensland Government has given the green light to the Santos/Shell joint venture and Bridgeport Energy to start exploring for gas in the Surat Basin to boost future gas supply. Bridgeport Energy has been granted Authority to Prospect across 289sq km of land in the Surat Basin near its existing production hub at the Moonie field. The Santos/Shell joint venture has won the right to explo...

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Jul 04, 2019
Mount Isa Budget earmarks  $32m for capital works

Mount Isa Budget earmarks $32m for capital works

Mount Isa City Council’s $101 million Budget includes a $32 million capital works schedule for the year ahead. The capital works program features infrastructure investments such as $11.7 million on roads and pavements and $4.5 million on city-wide water and sewer upgrades. Mayor Joyce McCulloch said $7.5 million had been allocated to the Isa Street Bridge replacement project over two years,...

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Jul 03, 2019
Cairns city tops $1b capital works over seven years

Cairns city tops $1b capital works over seven years

A $164.7 million capital works program is the centrepiece of the $316 million 2019/20 Budget brought down by Cairns Regional Council. Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said the Budget maintained the council’s record of low rate rises, with 70 per cent of ratepayers receiving an increase of 1.5 per cent or less in their general rates. “In delivering these low rate rises, we have still managed to mai...

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Jul 03, 2019
Builders shortlisted for The Oasis Townsville project

Builders shortlisted for The Oasis Townsville project

Three Townsville-based contractors have been shortlisted to remodel the Oonoonba site that will become The Oasis Townsville (TOT) for current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel. The three local building companies named as select tenderers for the project are A Gabrielli Constructions, Paynters, and Woollam Constructions. Minister for Communities Coralee O’Rourke today...

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Jul 03, 2019
Rare earths show potential at the Mount Isa Project

Rare earths show potential at the Mount Isa Project

Hammer Metals Limited (Hammer) has commenced a strategic review of the rare- earth-element (REE) potential of its Mount Isa Project as part of a broader asset review. An initial investigation by Hammer of its drilling database has highlighted the potential of the Andy’s Hill iron oxide copper-gold (IOCG) prospect near Kalman and the Koppany prospect near Mary Kathleen for light REE’s specifica...

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Jul 03, 2019
Queensland lithium project leverages the times

Queensland lithium project leverages the times

A lot of success is in the timing. Dangerfield’s marks, Ash Barty’s serve and Munster’s side step. Strategic Metals Australia (SMA) seems to have stolen the game, served an ace and broke the New South Wales Blues’ line all at once … depending on your preferred ball sport. SMA is exploring a suite of tenements near Forsayth in North Queensland for the mineral of the moment, lithium....

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Jul 03, 2019
Contract awarded for rail passing loop extensions

Contract awarded for rail passing loop extensions

Queensland-based Civil Mining & Construction has won a $14.5 million contract to extend eight freight train passing loops between Rockhampton and Townsville. The project is part of a $100 million State Government commitment to improve freight capacity on the North Coast rail line. Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the works would support 24 jobs, with Civil Mining & Construc...

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Jul 03, 2019
Golding expands Isaac Plains East coal fleet

Golding expands Isaac Plains East coal fleet

Golding Contractors will add a third truck and shovel fleet to its Isaac Plains East operation after an agreement with mine owner Stanmore Coal to boost overburden removal capacity. The increase in scope adds about $450 million to Golding’s existing five-year contract, lifting it to about $950 million. The Moranbah district coal mine has continued to increase production over t...

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Jul 03, 2019
Industrial lots on offer as CQ Inland Port progresses

Industrial lots on offer as CQ Inland Port progresses

Expressions of interest are open for industrial land at the new CQ Inland Port being developed at Yamala, 25km east of Emerald. The project includes intermodal and container terminal, 56-lot industrial park, new road interchange and upgraded local roads, and a 1.6km rail siding. A state-of-the-art $18.5 million Graincorp bulk grain handling facility is being built at the site. View YouTu...

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