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Dec 20, 2019
Exploration drilling demand strong going into 2020

Exploration drilling demand strong going into 2020

A strong outlook for gold and battery-material metals such as vanadium and cobalt are driving high demand for North Queensland drilling services, according to Eagle Drilling NQ general manager Sally Forgan. Ms Forgan expects the company to boost its workforce by about 25 per cent to meet demand in 2020. She was commenting after the latest Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) Scorecard, show...

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Dec 20, 2019
High-grade gold and silver hits for Red River

High-grade gold and silver hits for Red River

Red River Resources reports high-grade gold and silver hits in the Liontown drilling campaign at its Thalanga operation in North Queensland. The company has released assay results up to 39.3 g/t old and 2750 g/t silver from drilling at the New Queen Lens. The Liontown project has a current total mineral resource of 3.6 million tonnes at 10 per cent zinc equivalent. Red River commenced ...

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Dec 20, 2019
Castle Hill development kicks on with tenders called

Castle Hill development kicks on with tenders called

Townsville City Council has called for tenders to construct a new eatery and events space near the summit of Castle Hill. “Castle Hill has so much potential. That is why Council included the development and implementation of a Castle Hill Concept Plan in our Townsville 2020 masterplan,” Mayor Jenny Hill said. Cr Hill said the eatery and events space was planned for the 800sq m former ...

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Dec 20, 2019
Supply opportunities in local government

Supply opportunities in local government

From plumbing to pump stations, culverts to catering and more, below is a list of current council tenders in regional Queensland. Closing on Description Issued By Tue, 25 February 2020 2:00 PM IRC009443: Provision of Plumbing Services Preferred Supplier Arrangement (PSA)  Isaac Regional Council Tue, 25 February 2020 2:00 PM IRC009449: Provi...

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Dec 20, 2019
Rookwood Weir contracts rolling out in CQ

Rookwood Weir contracts rolling out in CQ

Civil Mining and Construction has won a roadworks contract as part of the $352 million Rookwood Weir project in Central Queensland. Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the company would deliver the $2.2 million-dollar road upgrade for the Capricorn Highway intersection upgrade at Gogango. The project will provide safe access for earth-moving machinery and construction vehicles...

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Dec 19, 2019
Delivery day for Townsville’s new stadium

Delivery day for Townsville’s new stadium

The newly named Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville has reached handover after a build of more than one million construction hours. The $293.5 million venue is now in the hands of owner Stadiums Queensland. Queensland Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni gave credit to the Townsville tradies and apprentices who had worked onsite since July 2017. “A project like th...

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Dec 19, 2019
Acciona in $180m deal for Lendlease engineering arm

Acciona in $180m deal for Lendlease engineering arm

Lendlease will sell its engineering business for $180 million in a deal with Acciona Infrastructure Asia Pacific. The company said the transaction was expected to be finalised in the first half of 2020 , subject to conditions including Foreign Investment Review Board approval. “We believe the sale of the engineering business represents a positive outcome or our people, our clients and...

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Dec 19, 2019
Christmas Q&A – Anthony Lynham

Christmas Q&A – Anthony Lynham

Dr Anthony Lynham is the Queensland Minister for Natural Resources Mines and Energy. He joined iQ for a quick Christmas Q&A…. What was the greatest achievement or advance in your industry/organisation in the past year? The biggest issue across Queensland in my portfolio, and for all Ministers in our Government, is jobs. In my portfolio, I am fortunate enough to have the massive jo...

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Dec 19, 2019
Christmas Q&A – Adam Gowlett

Christmas Q&A – Adam Gowlett

Adam Gowlett is project manager with major Cairns residential development firm Kenfrost. He joined iQ for a quick Christmas Q&A…. What was the greatest challenge or failing in your industry/organisation in the past year? Dealing with the never-ending and ever-expanding raft of changes to legislation, rules and regulations at local, state and federal levels and that often these agen...

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Dec 19, 2019
Christmas Q&A – Glen Graham

Christmas Q&A – Glen Graham

Glen Graham is chief executive officer of the Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Development Zone Inc (MITEZ). He joined iQ for a quick Christmas Q&A…. What was the greatest achievement or advance in your industry/organisation in the past year? 2019 has seen significant progress towards advancing irrigated cropping as a significant industry across the MITEZ corridor, with funding ann...

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Dec 19, 2019
Christmas Q&A – Sharon Dawson

Christmas Q&A – Sharon Dawson

Sharon Dawson is a Cairns-based director with the Dawsons Group of Companies. She joined iQ for a quick Christmas Q&A…. What was the greatest achievement or advance in your industry/organisation in the past year? Dawsons operates across a variety of sectors and whilst not the biggest job we did, this year the biggest buzz in our company was definitely over the completion of Th...

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Dec 19, 2019
Christmas Q&A – Stephen Smyth

Christmas Q&A – Stephen Smyth

Stephen Smyth is the Mackay-based president of CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland. He joined iQ for a quick Christmas Q&A…. What was the greatest achievement or advance in your industry/organisation in the past year? The continuation of the implementation of new legislation and protections for mine workers around dust. The fact the coal ports and power stations are adopting a num...

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Dec 19, 2019
Christmas Q&A – John Downie

Christmas Q&A – John Downie

John Downie is managing director of Pure Minerals, which is driving plans for the Townsville Energy Chemical Hub. He joined iQ for a quick Christmas Q&A…. What was the greatest achievement or advance in your industry/organisation in the past year? Progressing the company’s Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub (TECH) to a completed pre-feasibility stage with sound commercial metrics. ...

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Dec 19, 2019
Christmas Q&A – Sam Rodda

Christmas Q&A – Sam Rodda

Sam Rodda is the general manager of MMG’s Dugald River Mine in North West Queensland. He joined iQ for a quick Christmas Q&A…. What was the greatest achievement or advance in your industry/organisation in the past year?  Our site team delivering mining and processing volumes above original design and expectation in the first full year of commercial production at Dugald...

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Dec 19, 2019
Tenders out for latest Cape York road package

Tenders out for latest Cape York road package

Sealing works on Cape York’s Peninsula Developmental Road are set to keep rolling with tenders open for a new project north of Laura. The $23.84 million, 11.2km Kennedy to Rocky Creek project will be delivered as part of the Australian Government’s Roads of Strategic Importance Cooktown to Weipa Corridor. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the new sealing project would maintai...

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Dec 19, 2019
Towers on firm footing after Powerlink works

Towers on firm footing after Powerlink works

Powerlink has undertaken stabilisation works for a critical transmission line west of Cairns after heavy rain exposed the footings of five towers. Regular maintenance inspections are conducted on Powerlink’s transmission network to identify and prioritise any repair works which may be needed, particularly in the lead up to summer. Heavy rain in March 2018, when 485mm fell within 24 hours,...

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Dec 18, 2019
Bounty Mining collapse costs 170 coal jobs at Christmas

Bounty Mining collapse costs 170 coal jobs at Christmas

About 170 contract workers have been left without a job a week before Christmas after the collapse of Cook Colliery operator Bounty Mining. Bounty has gone into voluntary administration after a string of setbacks including rockfalls at the Blackwater district mine in October. And newly appointed receivers and managers of the business, PWC, are putting the site into care and maintenance. ...

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Dec 18, 2019
Trompf takes on extra title in Advance Cairns leadership

Trompf takes on extra title in Advance Cairns leadership

Advance Cairns has stayed close to home in its appointment of a new chair to replace Trent Twomey, who will step down in February 2020. Current chief executive officer Nick Trompf is to be appointed as executive chairman, a combined role of both chief executive and chairman. Mr Trompf joined Advance Cairns as CEO two years ago, having previously served on the Board for six years, in 2009-20...

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