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Nov 01, 2019
Construction nears for $31m  freight terminal project

Construction nears for $31m freight terminal project

A Queensland-based company aims to start construction next year for a multi-user intermodal freight terminal near Cloncurry. The $31 million rail infrastructure development promises to help debottleneck the capacity-constrained Great Northern Railway between Townsville and Mount Isa. Grand Central Industries (Holdings) founder and chief executive Josip Obajdin said the project was anticipat...

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Nov 01, 2019
Grader a first for underground coal mines

Grader a first for underground coal mines

Perth based Bis, has launched an underground grader for the coal sector, which has been designed to be safer, more productive and agile.  Aptly named Razor, the cutting edge machine has been developed by Bis’ Tomago based Underground Services team, with the grader the first in a pipeline of new innovative products that Bis has planned for the sector.  Bis Chief Executive Brad Rogers...

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Nov 01, 2019
Extractive industry tallies the benefits

Extractive industry tallies the benefits

The Queensland resources sector is adding more than a billion dollars in value a week and accounts for one in seven jobs. The resources sector now supports 372,561 direct and indirect jobs, and in 2018-19 it added $74.3 billion to the Queensland economy, according to figures put together by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). The new figures will be part of the QRC’s annual economic...

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Nov 01, 2019
Industry cred running out of gas

Industry cred running out of gas

Gas consumers in Queensland are currently paying 51per cent more than export parity prices according to the Australia Consumer and Competition Comission. There are also questions about how good gas has been for communities supporting the industry. This comes from Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) gas analyst Bruce Robertson who spoke recently at an event in Bun...

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Oct 31, 2019
Miners need to be more ‘brand aware’

Miners need to be more ‘brand aware’

It’s not new to say mining is suffering from an image problem. It is new to say the next chapter in the industry’s future will see miners become more brand savvy. That’s come from Manish Chawla, IBM’s Global Managing Director for Energy and Natural Resources who addressed the final day of the 6th IMARC conference in Melbourne. IBM’s Global Managing Director for Energy ...

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Oct 31, 2019
Remote tracking of tailings integrity

Remote tracking of tailings integrity

Remote monitoring is keeping an eye on the integrity of tailings dams on one of Queensland’s oldest mine sites. GlassTerra, which has a Brisbane base, has installed its Internet of Things (IoT) and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensors at Mount Morgan, which is managed by the Queensland Government’s Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy. It’s been done to dem...

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Oct 31, 2019
New leader at CQ Alumina Smelter

New leader at CQ Alumina Smelter

Queensland Alumina (QAL) has a new general manager. Former QAL utilities manager Pine Pienaar replaces former Mike Dunstan who retired in May.  Mr Pienaar brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the aluminium industry across South Africa, Mozambique, Canada as well as Boyne Smelters Limited and Yarwun.  “QAL has been historically known as being pioneers for community and...

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Oct 31, 2019
Ag and jobs boosted in airport investment

Ag and jobs boosted in airport investment

Cairns has been selected as one of two regional sites for a multimillion-dollar investment to boost jobs in Far North Queensland and enhance the region’s reputation as an agricultural export hot spot.  Air Freight Handling Services (AFHS) had been selected to establish a Regional Trade Distribution Centre (RTDC) in Cairns, with Toowoomba selected as the site for a second Centre, said Pr...

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Oct 31, 2019
New land opened for gas exploration

New land opened for gas exploration

New interest partly in supplying gas for the domestic market is being matched with exploration opportunities in Queensland. The 30,000 km2 of new land for exploration was one of the State’s largest ever land releases and includes more than 30 percent earmarked for domestic supply, said Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham. “Business and industry – particularly our manufacturers — n...

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Oct 30, 2019
Staff reduced while North Goonyella gets back on its feet

Staff reduced while North Goonyella gets back on its feet

It could be three years before the North Goonyella Mine in the northern Bowen Basin is back to what owner Peabody calls, ‘meaningful’ production. Peabody will also be reducing staff numbers on the mine north of Moranbah where operations were suspended after a fire late last year. Peabody had identified a preferred pathway to resume production following a detailed three-month re...

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Oct 30, 2019
CSIRO adds grunt to groundwater monitoring

CSIRO adds grunt to groundwater monitoring

A new groundwater sensor system developed by the CSIRO promises to make environmental monitoring faster, more reliable and less labour-intensive for the resources industry. SENSEI is a multi-sensor system capable of simultaneously collecting data on pH, reduction potential, temperature and conductivity. “SENSEI is an automated system which delivers reliable groundwater data in real time,...

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Oct 29, 2019
Rexx mining solution ready to hit the east coast

Rexx mining solution ready to hit the east coast

Mining services company Bis plans to produce a second Rexx haul truck for the east coast after putting the first model through its paces in Western Australia. The dual powered 20-wheel dump truck is 14.3m long, with a 9m long bin capable of carrying a 160-tonne payload. Bis chief executive officer Brad Rogers said the standout performance to date of the first Rexx unit at nickel and gold op...

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Oct 29, 2019
Consolidated Tin Mines back on the bourse

Consolidated Tin Mines back on the bourse

Trading in Consolidated Tin Mines shares has recommenced after the Far North Queensland miner was relisted by the ASX. CSD managing director Ralph De Lacey described the reinstatement to official quotation as a great achievement for the company and for its directors. “This is a major part of the company’s long-term plan to develop the company’s significant asset holding and to have th...

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Oct 29, 2019
Cardwell water project shines at excellence awards

Cardwell water project shines at excellence awards

An innovative water supply plant at Cardwell has earned the Cassowary Coast Regional Council a state award for public works engineering. Council staff were finalists in four categories of the 2019 Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland (IPWEAQ) Excellence Awards. However it was the Cardwell Water Quality Improvement Project at Meunga Creek, Cardwell, that was re...

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Oct 29, 2019
Good principles are good for business, says BHP boss

Good principles are good for business, says BHP boss

Ethical sourcing, meeting climate change goals and creating an inclusive workforce are not only right, they are good for business, according to BHP group procurement officer Sundeep Singh. Mr Singh told the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne that prioritising these principles across its entire supply chain was critical for the mining giant’s business operatio...

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Oct 29, 2019
Golden gains for Isaac region’s tourism appeal

Golden gains for Isaac region’s tourism appeal

A new fossicking area is opening up near Clermont this week in a move hoped to boost local returns from gold prospecting. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the 181ha Flat Diggings fossicking area 15km north-west of Clermont would be a magnet for fossickers. “Locals, Isaac Regional Council, tourist operators, fossicking agents and community groups have been calling for new areas to be ...

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Oct 29, 2019
Mackay industry makes its presence felt at IMARC

Mackay industry makes its presence felt at IMARC

Resource Industry Network and participating member businesses are  showcasing Mackay’s METS sector at the International Mining and Resources Conference in Melbourne. Mackay-owned and operated businesses Vayeron, Mackay Conveyor Equipment, and East West Lighting, along with Mackay Regional Council and RIN, have joined force for a stand at the event. The stand is part of a national showcas...

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Oct 28, 2019
Technology careers thrust for Rockhampton

Technology careers thrust for Rockhampton

The State Government has announced a $2.8 million partnership with Central Queensland University (CQU) to deliver a technology and innovation centre in Rockhampton. The news coincides with the launch of the new Advance Queensland strategy – a blueprint for jobs growth in the agricultural technology, mining and manufacturing industries in regional Queensland. Member for Rockhampton Barry O...

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