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Dec 18, 2019
Builders appointed for rail station revitalisation

Builders appointed for rail station revitalisation

Landbrook Building and Construction has been awarded the contract to revitalise and protect Yeppoon’s heritage-listed former rail station. The station building will be a centrepiece of the redevelopment of the 2.4ha precinct known as Station Quarter. Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the works tied in with the 110-year anniversary of the rail building, which was opened 21 January 191...

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Dec 18, 2019
Cook Colliery owner Bounty  in pre-Christmas collapse

Cook Colliery owner Bounty in pre-Christmas collapse

Cook Colliery operator Bounty Mining has gone into voluntary administration after a string of setbacks, including rockfalls at the Blackwater district mine in October. The company has appointed Robert Hutson and Jarrod Villani of KordaMentha as administrators and PWC has taken the reins as receivers and managers of the business. A spokesman or PWC said about 170 contractors at Cook had been...

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Dec 18, 2019
Great Northern expands its Golden Ant empire

Great Northern expands its Golden Ant empire

Great Northern Minerals is expanding its ground around the Golden Ant gold projects in North Queensland. The company says it has been granted two new exploration permits, taking the combined project area to 695sq km. One permit is linked to the Camel Creek and Golden Cup projects while the other surrounds granted mining leases at Big Rush. Great Northern Minerals last week announced a m...

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Dec 17, 2019
Boost for Walford Creek mineral resource estimate

Boost for Walford Creek mineral resource estimate

Aeon Metals has released updated Mineral Resource estimates for its Walford Creek copper-cobalt Project in North West Queensland. The total resources for the Vardy and Marley deposits now stand at 35.8 million tonnes at 1.94 per cent copper equivalent over 3.6km strike. There is a significant increase to the Amy mineral resources from 1.8 million tonnes to a total of 5.1 million tonnes ...

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Dec 17, 2019
Launch for  Cairns Manufacturing Hub

Launch for Cairns Manufacturing Hub

The State Government has officially opened the $10 million Cairns Manufacturing Hub and released a new plan to help skill up Queensland’s future workforce. Manufacturing Minister Cameron Dick said the new facility at TAFE Queensland’s Cairns Campus was one of three hubs being established in regional Queensland through a $30 million, three-year Queensland Government investment. “The op...

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Dec 17, 2019
Expert ‘tweaks’ deliver innovative road solutions

Expert ‘tweaks’ deliver innovative road solutions

Innovation in engineering does not have to involve step change to make significant impact, according to Queensland’s EDG Consulting. It can be about applying experience and expertise to achieve the incremental changes that can add up to big time and cost savings for a project, says senior principal Greg Hackney “The innovation in what we do day to day is to use probably what are relativ...

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Dec 17, 2019
Commissioning milestone for Mount Carbine

Commissioning milestone for Mount Carbine

Concentrate production should begin within weeks at Mount Carbine, with cold commissioning of the system expected to be complete this week. Speciality Metals International is restarting the tungsten project, 80km north-west of Cairns in joint venture with Cronimet. Speciality Metals said they had successfully completed the electrical commissioning for the entire plant at the Far North Quee...

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Dec 17, 2019
Loan deal means lift-off for Townsville Airport revamp

Loan deal means lift-off for Townsville Airport revamp

Townsville Airport redevelopment work is expected to kick off this month, with financial close reached on a $50 million Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) loan application. The project is expected to create more than 200 construction jobs and 50 operational jobs. “We are delighted about the financial close on our $50 million NAIF loan, which will allow us to begin work ...

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Dec 16, 2019
BHP leadership shuffle

BHP leadership shuffle

BHP is facing a shake-up at the top heading into 2020. Rag Udd, currently vice president Technology Global Transformation, has been appointed acting chief technology officer, effective December 14. This comes the company announced that chief technology officer Diane Jurgens would leave the company early next year to move back to the United States. BHP announced on Friday that its Transfo...

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Dec 16, 2019
Cash on the table to move Walford Creek forward

Cash on the table to move Walford Creek forward

Walford Creek copper- cobalt mine proponent Aeon Metals says it has received a raft of funding proposals. It comes as the company prepares to release an updated mineral resource estimate for the project, 350km north-west of Mount Isa, this week. “While the Indicative Funding Proposals remain non-binding, and there is no certainty that funding will eventually be obtained under any o...

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Dec 16, 2019
Coal mining resumes at Carborough Downs

Coal mining resumes at Carborough Downs

Fitzroy Australia Resources has resumed coal mining operations at the company’s Carborough Downs mine today, three weeks after a fatal accident underground. Chief executive officer Grant Polwarth said the company’s own internal processes, including a range of risk assessments, had been followed to allow operations to safely resume. Ipswich man Brad Duxbury, 57, was killed in an undergr...

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Dec 16, 2019
Board says ‘go’ for fully-funded Binjour bauxite project

Board says ‘go’ for fully-funded Binjour bauxite project

Australian Bauxite will lodge a mining lease application in early 2020 for the Binjour project, 115 km south-west of Bundaberg. The company announced today (December 16) that the board of directors had given the green light to proceed. The project is fully funded by Australian Bauxite’s marketing partner, Rawmin Mining of India, and is expected to cost $10-$12 million to bring online....

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Dec 16, 2019
Shift from coal will cost regions dearly, report warns

Shift from coal will cost regions dearly, report warns

A report detailing the impact of a shift to a ‘post-carbon’ economy- has highlighted the need for concrete policy to prepare for the change, including localised plans for coal communities. ‘At the coalface: work, community and climate change‘ focused on Mackay, Central Queensland and the Hunter Valley. The impacts of mine closures could cost the three areas analyse...

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Dec 14, 2019
Golden Cup shines for Great Northern Minerals

Golden Cup shines for Great Northern Minerals

Great Northern Minerals this week announced a maiden 30,000oz gold resource at the Golden Cup mine in North Queensland. It is part of the Golden Ant group of projects the Perth-based company acquired in August, which also includes the former Camel Creek and Big Rush gold mines. The JORC interim resource estimate announced this week for Golden Cup is 256,000 tonnes at 3.6g/tonne gold for abo...

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Dec 13, 2019
High-grade gold find in Saxby drilling

High-grade gold find in Saxby drilling

Drilling at the Saxby gold project in North West Queensland has intersected high-grade gold mineralisation. Strategic Energy Resources said its first drill hole at the project intersected 6m at 12g per tonne of gold, including a high-grade zone of 2m at 32g per tonne. It said the mineralisation was encountered at a shallower level than expected and it was working to understand the geometry...

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Dec 13, 2019
Contracts roll out in CQ Defence initiative

Contracts roll out in CQ Defence initiative

The financial benefits from the $2.25 billion Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI) are continuing to bear fruit in Central Queensland. Six companies have been awarded contracts worth more than $11 million as the expansion of the Shoalwater Bay Training Area ramps up. The contracts were part of up-to 200 sub-contract packages to be made available over the next five years...

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Dec 13, 2019
New ADF health centre in Townsville

New ADF health centre in Townsville

Community, as well as Australian Defence Force members, will benefit from construction of a new health centre at RAAF Base Townsville, with work to begin within weeks. St Hillier’s Property Pty Ltd had secured the $10.8 million contract.  The new Health Centre is part of a $212.5 million investment by the Morrison Government in defence health facilities around Australia. The proje...

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Dec 13, 2019
Proserpine infrastructure projects gather momentum

Proserpine infrastructure projects gather momentum

Whitsunday Regional Council says construction is progressing well on the new $9.6 million administration building in Proserpine. The building will house about 120 council staff and will include the regional Disaster Coordination Centre and a Climate Change Innovation Hub. “The former Proserpine administration building and chambers were demolished last year after being badly damaged during...

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