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Aug 29, 2019
Greenvale explorer targets Sconi-style deposit

Greenvale explorer targets Sconi-style deposit

Ausmon Resources has started field exploration work at tenements 40km north-west of Greenvale, where it is targeting Sconi-style mineralisation. Ausmon said the initial exploration would comprise field inspections of exploration targets generated from a review of historical work on the tenements. The company will use its pXRF instrument across the targets in addition to collecting geologi...

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Aug 29, 2019
Blueprint for North Queensland growth

Blueprint for North Queensland growth

Ensuring room for industrial expansion is among the focus points of a North Queensland Regional Plan, intended to accelerate growth and encourage future jobs in the region over the next 25 years. The draft North Queensland Regional Plan was released today for public input. Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the plan would ensure the region grew in a sustainable way as more people gravit...

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Aug 29, 2019
Queensland shines at national IPWEA awards

Queensland shines at national IPWEA awards

Somerset Regional Council has taken out the top award for Public Works Project of the Year for the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) at the 2019 IPWEA Awards for Excellence in Hobart. The awards recognise private and public organisations and individuals who have demonstrated best practice, innovation and positive community impact in public works projects. Somerset Regional Council also won...

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Aug 29, 2019
Superior control in the palm of your hand

Superior control in the palm of your hand

Komatsu is pitching at contractors with its newest grader, the GD655-7. The model incorporates a number of technology innovations aimed at making it easier to use and more productive, in a package that the company believes makes them particularly attractive to contractors. The GD655-7 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D107E-3 Tier 4 Final-compliant variable horsepower engine, rated at 134-165 kW...

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Aug 28, 2019
Council dusts off impact group to focus on air quality

Council dusts off impact group to focus on air quality

Community concerns about dust will see the Moranbah Cumulative Impacts Group reconvened, expanding its charter to encompass air quality in Bowen Basin towns. Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said air quality in Moranbah and other Isaac towns was largely influenced by dust generated from mining operations. “That is the reality of extracting the resources which generate more th...

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Aug 28, 2019
Adani Mining to set up Rockhampton base

Adani Mining to set up Rockhampton base

Adani Mining will set up a new Rockhampton business centre to provide a local base for major procurement and recruitment programs for the Carmichael coal project. The company made the announcement today following discussions with Rockhampton Regional Council and local MPs on the best way to support local recruitment and contracting. “We are absolutely committed to ensuring Rockhampton alo...

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Aug 28, 2019
JT and Evolution team up to get young jobseekers over the line

JT and Evolution team up to get young jobseekers over the line

The Johnathan Thurston Academy has entered a two-year partnership with Evolution Mining to help give young jobseekers better access to employment and training opportunities. The partnership will be implemented in September at four of the gold company’s operations – Mt Carlton (pictured above) and Cracow in Queensland, Cowal in NSW and Mungari in WA – with a view to potential...

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Aug 28, 2019
Plant revamp advances at Mt Carbine tungsten project

Plant revamp advances at Mt Carbine tungsten project

Speciality Metals International is on track to begin production at its Mt Carbine project by the end of the year as refurbishment of the site’s retreatment plant advances. The company has entered into an unincorporated joint venture with Cronimet Asia for the development of the tungsten mine at Mt Carbine in Far North Queensland. It plans to retreat low-grade material stockpiled at t...

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Aug 28, 2019
Resolute kicks off upgrade at Ravenswood gold operation

Resolute kicks off upgrade at Ravenswood gold operation

Resolute Mining has launched the first stage of the Ravenswood Expansion Project (REP) at the Ravenswood gold mine, recommissioning a third grinding mill at the site. Announcing approval for the upgrade today, the company said Stage 1 would cost $6 million and would allow it to generate cash for subsequent development. It involves processing beneficiated low-grade material stockpiled from p...

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Aug 28, 2019
Pieces falling into place for Hay Point shutdown works

Pieces falling into place for Hay Point shutdown works

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance is carrying out a 12-week maintenance shutdown project at Hay Point coal terminal, with an expected workforce of about 450 people. A component for the overhaul of Ship Loader 2, an outer shuttle weighing about 150 tonnes, was shifted from Paget to the Mackay Harbour at the weekend ready for transport by heavy lift ship to Hay Point. BMA said Monadelphous was princip...

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Aug 28, 2019
Regions benefit from move to ‘rebuild QBuild’

Regions benefit from move to ‘rebuild QBuild’

Cairns and Rockhampton will become key hubs for apprenticeships under State Government plans to ‘rebuild QBuild’. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the move would provide secure jobs for regional Queenslanders and address declining apprenticeship rates. “We will employ 300 QBuild tradies and apprentices over the next three years and reinvigorate regional depots – in Ro...

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Aug 28, 2019
Red River completes Hillgrove transaction

Red River completes Hillgrove transaction

North Queensland miner Red River Resources has completed its acquisition of New South Wales gold and antimony asset Hillgrove Mines. The deal with Bracken Resources saw it pay $4 million in shares for the project, which was placed on care and maintenance in 2016 due to low prevailing antimony prices. Red River said the site included significant infrastructure with a historical cost of $180 ...

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Aug 28, 2019
Technology precinct to help shape ‘New Townsville’

Technology precinct to help shape ‘New Townsville’

The proposed Townsville Technology Precinct development has the capacity to be Townsville’s next cornerstone economic asset, says North Queensland-based economist Colin Dwyer. The development is proposed for the historic North Rail Yards site on Flinders St and is being advanced by a venture including the Projects & Infrastructure (P+I) group and Conrad Gargett Architecture. “...

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Aug 27, 2019
Cloncurry database a fresh take on rock properties

Cloncurry database a fresh take on rock properties

The CSIRO in partnership with industry is using new techniques to build 3D maps of orebodies as well as deep mineral systems in the Cloncurry region. They are working on an integrated, scale-consistent, quantitative database of rock properties in a three-year collaboration. The database will record results from the analysis of thousands of one-inch rock cylinders that CSIRO senior research ...

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Aug 27, 2019
Gold on a roll amid global uncertainty

Gold on a roll amid global uncertainty

The gold price has spiked above $A2300 ($US1550) an ounce this week as the United States–China trade wars hit global markets. North Queensland hosts a raft of projects set to benefit from strong prices, including new developments by established miners Evolution Mining and Minjar Gold. Evolution has a $60 million project set to extend mining operations at the Mount Carlton gold site by go...

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Aug 27, 2019
Cairns wharves set for $20m makeover

Cairns wharves set for $20m makeover

Austral Construction has been awarded a $20 million contract to modernise six wharves at Port of Cairns. It marks a major milestone for the third and final stage of the $127 million Cairns Shipping Development Project. The upgrading of wharves 1-6 will complement the widening and deepening of the shipping channel which is currently being dredged. A new concrete jetty will be constructed ...

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Aug 27, 2019
Mackay METS excellence on the national stage

Mackay METS excellence on the national stage

Mackay METS sector innovation is being promoted at the AIMEX mining exhibition in Sydney as part of a series of showcase events for the region’s capability. Mastermyne, East West Lighting, Linked Group Services, Diacon Australia, Mackay Conveyor Equipment, PIMS Group, and M&P Services are part of a collaborative showcase stand being promoted as the Mackay Engineering and Industrial H...

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Aug 27, 2019
Sailing know-how sparks lightweight shifting solution

Sailing know-how sparks lightweight shifting solution

An overburden supervisor’s love of yacht racing helped come up with a work gear upgrade that has won a major industry innovation award. Synthetic lightweight couplings developed by Dysart resident Josh Leppard and colleagues at BHP Mitsubishi Alliance’s Saraji Mine earned the Innovation Award at this year’s Queensland Mining Industry Safety and Health Conference. The cou...

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