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Mar 20, 2020
Council plans major support package for Townsville

Council plans major support package for Townsville

Townsville City Council is preparing a multimillion-dollar package to support locals and businesses feeling the effects of COVID-19. Townsville Mayor and Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Jenny Hill said the package would include the deferral of rates and a range of other fees and charges. This package will extend until June 30, with the council reviewing this date as the Federal...

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Mar 20, 2020
Works boost to cushion blow for Cairns region

Works boost to cushion blow for Cairns region

Cairns Regional Council will bring forward $2.5 million in maintenance works planned for the 2020/21 financial year as part of a support package to cushion the COVID-19 blow. Mayor Bob Manning said the council had moved quickly to do what it could to support the community in this challenging time. “There’s no doubt that businesses in Cairns are doing it tough right now. And that has a ...

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Mar 20, 2020
Updated LNG supply chain guide from ICN

Updated LNG supply chain guide from ICN

Businesses interested in supplying to Australian LNG facilities have a new tool thanks to a guide launched at the Australasian Oil and Gas conference in Perth this month. Industry Capability Network’s “Operations, Maintenance and Facilities Management of Australian LNG Facilities” is a comprehensive list of companies that may outsource work for LNG opportunities. Operators of Au...

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Mar 20, 2020
Renewable projects hit by ‘system strength’ constraints

Renewable projects hit by ‘system strength’ constraints

Two North Queensland solar farms and a wind farm face major output constraints due to “system strength” issues. The Australian Energy Market Operator flagged the problem affecting Mount Emerald Wind Farm, Haughton Solar Farm and Sun Metals Solar Farm in a market notice yesterday. “AEMO and Powerlink are continuing to investigate system strength requirements in North Queensland,...

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Mar 20, 2020
Coal dust danger reassessed

Coal dust danger reassessed

A James Cook University scientist claims it’s likely miners’ exposure to dangerous coal dust has been underestimated, as the communities they live in are polluted too. Associate Professor Gunther Paul from JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) was one of an international team of scientists who analysed Australia National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) data for the...

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Mar 19, 2020
Mining sector’s ‘people first’ approach to virus response

Mining sector’s ‘people first’ approach to virus response

Temperature checks at mine site entries and staggered crib breaks are among the measures being taken across Queensland’s resources industry to curb the spread of COVID-19. Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the QRC COVID-19 Working Group today shared information and responses to the virus. “As an industry, we are following the advice of health authorit...

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Mar 19, 2020
BHP moves to ease supplier pain in COVID-19 crunch

BHP moves to ease supplier pain in COVID-19 crunch

BHP has announced COVID-19 response measures expected to deliver about $100 million more quickly into the hands of its small business partners. The mining company said today that it would reduce payment terms for small, local and Indigenous businesses as part of a program to support its communities and regional economies during the pandemic. It would make immediate payments of outstanding i...

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Mar 19, 2020
Schuntner to lead Northern Australia advisory group

Schuntner to lead Northern Australia advisory group

The Federal Government has named the members of an advisory group who will help develop a new five-year plan for  Northern Australia’s development. Glenys Schuntner will chair the eight-member Advisory Group on Northern Australia, which will provide expert advice to the Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt and the Ministerial Forum. “The Coalition Govern...

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Mar 19, 2020
COVID-19 measures create  workplace minefield

COVID-19 measures create workplace minefield

The COVID-19 outbreak has left employers and employees navigating a minefield of new human resources and risk management issues, says a North Queensland training and recruitment leader. TP Human Capital managing director Clayton Cook said businesses were entering new territory in terms of precautions, responses and employee entitlements. These include issues ranging from how to deal with em...

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Mar 19, 2020
Virus presents challenges for junior miners

Virus presents challenges for junior miners

Junior miners chasing greenfield discoveries continued to both struggle for funding and brace for the impact of coronavirus on equity markets, according to Mitchell Services CEO, Andrew Elf. Mitchell Services generates approximately 90 per cent of revenue from drilling for Tier 1 producers with long life, low-cost mines who are focused on resource definition, development and production. The...

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Mar 19, 2020
Big miners band together in green hydrogen scheme

Big miners band together in green hydrogen scheme

Anglo American, BHP, Fortescue and Hatch are looking to advance emissions-busting technology through a new Green Hydrogen Consortium. The consortium aims to identify opportunities to develop green hydrogen technologies for the resources sector and other heavy industries, and provide a mechanism for suppliers and operators to contribute to and engage with these development activities. Propos...

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Mar 19, 2020
Report outlines major project pipeline growth

Report outlines major project pipeline growth

The five-year infrastructure pipeline of major projects has grown in Queensland by more than $10 billion in the last 12 months, according to a new report. The Queensland Major Projects Pipeline report is produced by Queensland Major Contractors Association (QMCA) and Infrastructure Association of Queensland (IAQ). It details the pipeline of major infrastructure projects within Queensland ac...

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Mar 18, 2020
Sandvik takes autonomous haulage tech to next level

Sandvik takes autonomous haulage tech to next level

Sandvik has stepped up its technology to support autonomous truck haulage that shifts efficiently from underground environments to the surface. AutoMine for Trucks is a first for autonomous ramp haulage applications in the underground mining industry, the company says. “At Sandvik, we’ve pioneered and delivered autonomous trucks for many years,” Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology...

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Mar 18, 2020
Call for industry to tackle high-pressure cleaning risks

Call for industry to tackle high-pressure cleaning risks

A spike in injuries from high-pressure cleaning equipment in manufacturing and process industries has prompted a national industry body to call for more awareness and training of the Australian Standards. The Australasian High Pressure Water Jetting Association (AUSJET) said many industrial operators of high-pressure cleaning equipment were not keeping up-to-date with the current Australian St...

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Mar 18, 2020
Globe-trotting geos caught in coronavirus crackdown

Globe-trotting geos caught in coronavirus crackdown

The mining exploration sector is facing increased disruption with Australians now instructed to avoid overseas travel and those returning facing 14-day self-isolation in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19. About 25 per cent of the members of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists work outside of Australia, according to president Andrew Waltho. He said the tighter travel restrictions wo...

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Mar 18, 2020
Mining unions seek certainty over coronavirus conditions

Mining unions seek certainty over coronavirus conditions

Two key mining unions have joined forces to call on companies to give their workforces assurances about any disruption to work and income as a result of the spread of COVID-19. Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union national president Tony Maher and Australian Workers Union national secretary Daniel Walton issued the joint statement today. “The big mining companies hav...

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Mar 18, 2020
McCabe takes leadership role with Stanmore Coal

McCabe takes leadership role with Stanmore Coal

Stanmore Coal has appointed former Wesfarmers Resources executive Craig McCabe as its company chief executive officer. Mr McCabe worked in a range of roles with Wesfarmers, including chief executive officer from August 2017 to December 2019 with responsibility for the Curragh and Bengalla mining operations. “We are delighted to appoint a CEO with Craig’s leadership and operational expe...

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Mar 18, 2020
New general manager for Thalanga mining operations

New general manager for Thalanga mining operations

North Queensland miner Red River Resources has appointed a new general manager to its Thalanga operations, south-west of Charters Towers. Former Redpath and DMC Mining Services executive Randy McMahon will take over from Karl Spaleck, who is moving to Red River’s Hillgrove project in New South Wales as part of its restart strategy. “We are pleased to announce the appointment of Randy Mc...

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