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Feb 14, 2019
New findings beef up $1.4b Sconi project’s prospects

New findings beef up $1.4b Sconi project’s prospects

Australian Mines has delivered good news on two fronts for its $1.4 billion Sconi project near Greenvale in North Queensland this week. Updated estimates for the cobalt-nickel-scandium project have increased the mineral resources tonnes by 63.2 per cent for the project’s Greenvale deposit and 94.6 per cent for Lucknow. The Greenvale nickel deposit’s in-situ material now stands at 24...

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Feb 14, 2019
Statement outlines resources sector’s potential

Statement outlines resources sector’s potential

The Federal Government’s release of a National Resources Statement will reinforce Australia’s position as a global leader in the resources sector, according to Minister for Resources Matthew Canavan. Senator Canavan said the statement outlined how the Government would attract investment, develop new resources and markets and share the benefits of success with more regional communities...

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Feb 13, 2019
Labor unveils plans to advance mining sector

Labor unveils plans to advance mining sector

Labor today announced a Future Mines and Jobs Plan which it said would kick-start the discovery of new mines and generate new jobs. In a statement it said Australia was blessed with the geological bounty to continue to lead the world.  “Despite this, two thirds of potential deposits remain undiscovered because they reside deeper than previous technology could explore. These place...

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Feb 13, 2019
Green light for Gladstone biofuels project

Green light for Gladstone biofuels project

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett today welcomed news US company Mercurius will be proceeding with a pilot plant biorefinery in the Central Queensland city. Mercurius has commenced detailed design of the pilot biorefinery and will begin construction in months after securing State Government funds. The pilot plant will be the trial site for jet fuel and diesel production from agricultural...

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Feb 13, 2019
Queensland engineering body welcomes NSW reforms

Queensland engineering body welcomes NSW reforms

The Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland has welcomed New South Wales Government reforms to the building industry, including the introduction of registration for engineers working in the sector. The reforms were announced in response to a report into building industry regulation prepared by Chancellor of Western Sydney University, Peter Shergold, and lawyer Bronwyn Weir, which identif...

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Feb 13, 2019
Licence awarded for Atlas  gas processing plant

Licence awarded for Atlas gas processing plant

Queensland’s first “domestic-only” gas supply has moved a step closer, with a licence awarded to start construction of a gas processing plant near Wandoan on the Western Downs. Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said today the State Government had issued a petroleum facility licence allowing Jemena to build a plant to process gas from Senex Energy’s Project Atlas in the Surat Basin. ...

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Feb 13, 2019
Scheme to encourage faster payment times to small businesses

Scheme to encourage faster payment times to small businesses

Large and small businesses will help design the Federal Government’s new business payments reporting scheme to encourage fairer and faster payment times for small businesses. The scheme will cover 3000 of the largest businesses in Australia, including foreign companies and government entities. Minister for Small and Family Business, Michaelia Cash, said the Federal Government would co...

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Feb 13, 2019
Mighty Mackay METS sector on show

Mighty Mackay METS sector on show

Mackay’s engineering, industrial and technology sector is being promoted  in the nation’s capital this week as part of the Modern Mining Technology Showcase. The Canberra showcase is part of the Minerals Council of Australia’s Minerals Week 2019. Resource Industry Network, together with the Greater Whitsunday Alliance, is joining representatives from the local mining services sector inc...

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Feb 13, 2019
Help for small business to recover from flood event

Help for small business to recover from flood event

The State Government has opened a Small Business Recovery Centre in the Townsville CBD to help support those affected by the region’s extensive flooding. Employment and Small Business Minister Shannon Fentiman said the new centre offered a one-stop-shop where local small business operators could access advice and services from a range of organisations ready and willing to lend a han...

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Feb 12, 2019
Rail remains cut amid ‘unprecedented’ disaster for North West cattle country

Rail remains cut amid ‘unprecedented’ disaster for North West cattle country

Five agencies are working together to monitor and recover an inundated derailed train holding mineral products in North-West Queensland (pictured). Meanwhile Queensland Rail says the Mount Isa Line remains closed between Cloncurry and Hughenden, and the North Coast Line remains closed between Townsville to Ingham. It comes amid what Agforce chief executive officer Michael Guerin described...

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Feb 12, 2019
Tests show no coal sludge entered wetlands, says Adani

Tests show no coal sludge entered wetlands, says Adani

Adani Australia has released test results it says indicate no coal sludge was contained in flood waters which entered wetlands adjacent to its Abbot Point coal terminal last week. The company’s Abbot Point Operations also confirmed that flood waters moving across the site last week did not enter the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It said the flood water did enter the Caley Valley Wet...

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Feb 12, 2019
More money flows in to help those hit by floods

More money flows in to help those hit by floods

Incitec Pivot Limited is donating $100,000 towards helping North Queensland residents affected by last week’s flooding. The company said its contribution to the Premier’s Queensland Floods Appeal would assist communities impacted by the devastating floods. “Our thoughts, support and care go to the people of North Queensland, whose lives, homes and businesses have been impacted by ...

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Feb 12, 2019
CIMIC Group company wins Surat Basin contract

CIMIC Group company wins Surat Basin contract

CIMIC Group company CPB Contractors has been awarded a package of gas gathering and infrastructure works worth about $90 million for Australia Pacific LNG in the Surat Basin. The contract, which will deliver more than 300 coal seam gas wells over two years, consolidates CPB Contractors’ position as a key delivery partner in the provision of gas infrastructure in Queensland. CPB Contractor...

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Feb 12, 2019
Council happy with progress on Wallaman Falls Road remediation work

Council happy with progress on Wallaman Falls Road remediation work

Remediation work on Wallaman Falls Road, near Ingham, to rectify damage from flooding last year has progressed significantly at affected sites. Work on the $2.3 million project is being carried out by Hinchinbrook contractor Keita Services Pty Ltd. Hinchinbrook Shire councillor Wally Skinner said work was progressing well and that recent heavy rain had not affected progress.  “The Wa...

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Feb 11, 2019
BHP kicks in flood relief cash

BHP kicks in flood relief cash

The BHP Foundation has donated $250,000 to the Australian Red Cross to support flood disaster relief efforts in North Queensland. “The size and scale of the flood is unprecedented,” a BHP spokesperson said. “With more than a metre of rain falling in nine days, floodwaters have inundated an area greater than 800,000 square kilometres. “It’s damaged homes, isolate...

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Feb 11, 2019
High-grade mineralisation uncovered as Far West decline advances

High-grade mineralisation uncovered as Far West decline advances

Red River Resources says it is on track to commence production from the Far West deposit at its Thalanga operations in the third quarter of this year. More than 3500 tonnes of high-grade development ore from Far West has been delivered to the Thalanga operations ROM Pad. In a statement today, Red River said it planned to treat this ore as a single parcel through the mill to enable the met...

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Feb 11, 2019
Mayors head to Canberra with wish list

Mayors head to Canberra with wish list

Far North Queensland mayors will meet senior Ministers and Shadow Ministers in Canberra this week to put forward a pre-federal election wish list. The future of the Kennedy Highway (Kuranda Range Road) will be of particular importance to the delegation, which is seeking a commitment of $800 million towards a total of $1 billion to fund safety and reliability improvements. “The Kennedy Hig...

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Feb 10, 2019
Intense drill program paves way for further opportunity

Intense drill program paves way for further opportunity

More than 65,000m of drilling is expected to be completed at the Pajingo mining lease this calendar year as the geology team builds the picture that will determine the operation’s future. Six surface rigs and one underground rig were hard at work at the peak of activity, geology manager Andrew Beaton said. A major thrust of that work has been building the case to develop a decline to ...

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