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Apr 30, 2019
Contract awarded for major roadworks in Townsville

Contract awarded for major roadworks in Townsville

Townsville City Council has awarded a $3.5 million contract to upgrade the Ingham Rd and Enterprise St intersection at the Bohle. BMD Constructions has been awarded the contract and the upgrade is expected to support 30 jobs. The project includes new turning lanes, raised concrete medians, widening the carriageway, drainage improvements and upgraded pavement work. About 13,000 vehicles...

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Apr 29, 2019
Rail line reopens to freight traffic

Rail line reopens to freight traffic

The Mount Isa rail line reopened today, nearly three months after monsoonal flooding caused its closure. Queensland Rail said the first freight train left Cloncurry about 1.10am and will arrive into Townsville Port this evening. Two trains also departed Stuart and Partington early this morning, travelling to Cloncurry and Mount Isa respectively. The trains carried a mix of products inclu...

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Apr 29, 2019
Coalition commits $10m to Lakeland water storage plan

Coalition commits $10m to Lakeland water storage plan

The Federal Government will invest up to $10 million to ensure the Lakeland Irrigation Area Project in Far North Queensland is shovel ready. The money will ensure the completion of final engineering and scoping works on the project, which aims to establish large-scale water storage in Far North Queensland. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Coalition Government’s investment fo...

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Apr 29, 2019
Man charged over incident at anti-Adani protest

Man charged over incident at anti-Adani protest

Police have charged a 41-year-old man after a woman was injured yesterday at the Clermont Showgrounds, where Stop Adani Convoy members were participating in an event. It will be alleged a man riding a horse entered the entertainment ring at the showgrounds around 3.30pm. A 61-year-old NSW woman, who was heading towards a gate, was struck by the horse. The Queensland Police Service said...

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Apr 29, 2019
Labor pledges $75m for mining exploration scheme

Labor pledges $75m for mining exploration scheme

Tapping into resources such as lithium is at the heart of a Federal Labor promise of $75 million for mining exploration. “We want to ensure Australian mines are powering the commodities of the future – such as lithium – as we build the renewable energy economy,” Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said.  “Australia has every mineral needed to make a lithium battery domestically – ...

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Apr 28, 2019
Mackay out in strength to back coal industry future

Mackay out in strength to back coal industry future

‘For the Future of our Region’ Mackay rally organisers say hundreds of community members, businesses and families enthusiastically turned out yesterday to voice their support for mining in the Galilee Basin. Resource Industry Network (RIN) said the rally was reflective of the community’s strong views on the future of the region. “Most of those in attendance had never attended a rally befo...

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Apr 27, 2019
Stop Adani Convoy ready to hit Clermont

Stop Adani Convoy ready to hit Clermont

The Stop Adani Convoy’s visit to the coalfields town of Clermont represents a stand for ‘the secure future for Australian children’, says environmental activist Bob Brown. As it prepares for the visit today, the group says right-wing activist politicians are descending on Clermont this weekend to represent the Australian minority support for Gautam Adani’s coal mine. ...

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Apr 27, 2019
CopperString gains special project status

CopperString gains special project status

The $1 billion CuString proposal to build a high-voltage electricity transmission line to connect North-West Queensland to the national electricity grid has been declared a co-ordinated project. Subject to approvals, construction of the CopperString project could commence in 2020, with initial commissioning of the connection to Chumvale in 2022. State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastruc...

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Apr 26, 2019
Communities rally in support of coal

Communities rally in support of coal

Isaac mayor Anne Baker has hit out at Bob Brown’s Stop Adani convoy, describing it as “an affront to the proud resource communities of Queensland”. It comes as local community groups prepare to challenge anti-mining rhetoric in a rally in Mackay tomorrow to co-incide with the convoy journey through regional Queensland. Resource Industry Network is organising the “For the F...

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Apr 26, 2019
Freight travel times slashed on Mount Isa rail line

Freight travel times slashed on Mount Isa rail line

Emergency repairs to the rail line will reduce freight travel times between Mount Isa and Townsville by up to 50 minutes. The State Government said the time savings have been achieved during an 11-week recovery operation after multiple sections of the line were washed away during North Queensland’s monsoonal weather in February. Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said the resto...

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Apr 26, 2019
State help for $100m aquaculture project

State help for $100m aquaculture project

A $100 million aquaculture project 40km north of Bowen has been granted prescribed project status by the Queensland Government. Pacific Reef Fisheries proposes to construct 259 one-hectare aquaculture ponds, 1.5 metres deep on a total site area of about 768ha. The prawn farm project will also include: 11.3 ha seawater storage pond (370 mL storage capacity)47 ha discharge remediation are...

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Apr 26, 2019
Holcim wins rock supply contract for Townsville Port

Holcim wins rock supply contract for Townsville Port

Holcim Australia has been awarded a key contract to supply rocks as part of Port of Townsville’s $193 million Channel Upgrade Project. Holcim will supply a significant portion of the rock required to construct the wall to protect a 62ha reclamation area that will eventually accommodate expanded port infrastructure. Port of Townsville Limited chief executive officer Ranee Crosby said m...

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Apr 26, 2019
EV targets a sweet sound for Sconi proponent

EV targets a sweet sound for Sconi proponent

Sconi proponent Australian Mines has been buoyed by election talk of electric vehicle targets for Australia. The company today released a quarterly activities update, with managing director Benjamin Bell noting the boost provided by the State Government declaring the planned cobalt-nickel-scandium mine near Greenvale as a prescribed project. He also noted it was clear that electric vehicles...

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Apr 25, 2019
New addition to Sandvik’s underground loader line

New addition to Sandvik’s underground loader line

Sandvik’s second i-series loader, Sandvik LH621i, is targeted at rapid mine development and large-scale underground production. The new high-capacity loader matches well with the Sandvik TH663i truck, considering the designed payload capacities. The 21-tonne underground loader has been built on technology inherited from its predecessor, the Sandvik LH621. Features include superi...

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Apr 24, 2019
Merger adds reverse benefits

Merger adds reverse benefits

There’s been significant movements in the Australian drilling industry. Ranger Drilling has joined the DDH1 group of companies, effectively immediately. The group now includes three drilling businesses, namely DDH1 Drilling, Strike Drilling and Ranger Drilling. Ranger was established in 2005 by Matt and Julie Izett and specializes in providing Reverse Circulation drilling services to ...

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Apr 24, 2019
Lobby groups have message for Stop Adani protesters

Lobby groups have message for Stop Adani protesters

Capricorn Enterprise and the Capricornia Chamber of Commerce have sent a clear message to anti-coal protesters who arrive in Rockhampton today. Former senator and long-time environmentalist Bob Brown is leading a convoy through Queensland protesting about Adani’s proposed Carmichael mine. Capricorn Enterprise chief executive Mary Carroll said the benefits of coal needed to be highligh...

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Apr 24, 2019
Tick Hill tenement package changes hands

Tick Hill tenement package changes hands

Berkut Minerals has completed the acquisition of the historical high-grade Tick Hill gold project and 323sq km of exploration ground in the Mount Isa region. The company will be renamed Carnaby Resources and its shares will trade under the ASX code ‘CNB’ . The assets were acquired from emerging mineral and silica sands miner Diatreme Resources, with the sale deal giving Diatreme nearly $1 m...

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Apr 24, 2019
Labor promises $100m upgrade for Mount Isa line

Labor promises $100m upgrade for Mount Isa line

Federal Labor says it would invest $100 million to upgrade the Mount Isa to Townsville rail line if voted into government. In a joint media statement with other ALP MPs today, Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten said line did not have resilience to cater for the projected increase in demand for rail haulage from mines in the Mount Isa region to the Port of Townsville. “Labor will d...

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