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Dec 18, 2018
Targeted promotions to tap key skills pools

Targeted promotions to tap key skills pools

Mackay’s Resource Industry Network is targeting workers coming off the $55 billion Ichthys LNG plant construction project in Darwin as part of a raft of strategies to address Central Queensland’s skills shortfall. The Darwin plant was officially opened on November 16 and a construction workforce of about 2500 remains to finalise works, down from a project peak of about 10,000 workers. R...

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Dec 18, 2018
Jericho exploration push

Jericho exploration push

The Eloise joint venture will step up drilling next year at its Jericho copper-gold prospect, 60km south-east of Cloncurry.   Assays from the latest three drill holes at Jericho again extended its mineralised footprint, joint venture partner Minotaur Exploration said. The Minotaur-Oz Minerals joint venture has agreed to an intensified drilling program at Jericho, commencing in April 2019 ...

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Dec 18, 2018
Thiess wins $150m Caval Ridge contract

Thiess wins $150m Caval Ridge contract

Thiess has secured a $150 million contract extension with BMA’s Caval Ridge coal mine in the Bowen Basin. The CIMIC Group subsidiary will mine additional overburden through until 2020 as per the terms of the contract, after commencing work at Caval Ridge in November 2017. Thiess will continue to provide mining services for specific components of work including the services required fo...

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Dec 18, 2018
Power play under-realised

Power play under-realised

The current high price of vanadium, being led by traditional demand sources into record territory, is likely to firm in the long term as the metal develops into one of the solutions to the 21st century’s energy demand. At least that’s what’s bolstering the confidence of emerging junior miner, Brisbane-based Multicom Resources. The price of vanadium pentoxide in China topped out at a 1...

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Dec 17, 2018
Innovation adds to life of landfill

Innovation adds to life of landfill

A clever solution has allowed the Rockhampton Regional Council to extend its Lakes Creek landfill site for another 40 years.   The ‘piggy back’ extension project will see 12 new landfill cells built on top of the existing landfill over coming decades, with the first cell ready to accept waste in the first half of next year.   Waste Committee chairman, Councillor Neil Fisher, said fina...

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Dec 17, 2018
NT gas ignites Queensland Business

NT gas ignites Queensland Business

The north-west minerals province is about to start firing on Northern Territory gas with the completion of the ‘missing link’. Commercial operations are expected to start in late December or early January, with some gas already contracted for Incitec Pivot’s Gibson Island plant in Brisbane.  This meant access to energy and feedstock to fuel jobs and business opportunities...

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Dec 14, 2018
Recruitment partnership announced for Ironbark No.1

Recruitment partnership announced for Ironbark No.1

The proponents of the new Ironbark No.1 coal mine have entered into a partnership with SES Labour Solutions for  training, development and recruitment. The State Government last month approved the mining lease for Fitzroy Australia Resources’ Ironbark No. 1 underground longwall development, 35km north-east of Moranbah. It will to produce up to 6 million tonnes per annum run of m...

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Dec 14, 2018
Wind farm work packages online now

Wind farm work packages online now

Lacour Energy is promoting work packages for its $1 billion Clarke Creek wind farm project on the ICN Gateway. The company is partnering with Goldwind Australia to deliver the project, 150km north-west of Rockhampton. It will comprise up to 195 wind turbines, 200MW to 400MW of solar power and battery energy storage. A final investment decision is expected next year, with construction fl...

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Dec 13, 2018
Report backs lithium-ion potential

Report backs lithium-ion potential

A new strategy commissioned by the Federal Government will help to maximise Australia’s potential as a world powerhouse in lithium-ion battery manufacturing. Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham this week launched Austrade’s new Lithium-Ion Battery Value Chain: New Economy Opportunities for Australia report and said Australia was well positioned to become a world-lea...

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Dec 13, 2018
Funding fast-tracked for pipeline

Funding fast-tracked for pipeline

The State Government has announced it will fast-track funding for the $225 million Haughton pipeline duplication to ensure long-term water security for Townsville. Deputy Premier and Treasurer, Jackie Trad, said funding of $160 million, up from $15 million, will now be provided in 2018-19, with a further $55 million to be provided in 2019-20. “Fast-tracking this funding is the right thing...

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Dec 13, 2018
Spotlight on civil construction

Spotlight on civil construction

The Civil Contractors Federation Queensland is hoping a field day to be held next year will showcase a part of the construction industry which is changing rapidly. Queensland chief executive officer Damian Long said the inaugural Queensland Civil Construction Field Day in Brisbane from March 21-22 would provide a one-stop shop on everything to do with civil construction. He said the event w...

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Dec 12, 2018
Works for Queensland funds fast-tracked

Works for Queensland funds fast-tracked

The Palaszczuk Government has brought forward $100 million in Works for Queensland funding. Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad announced the early release as part of the Queensland Government’s Mid-Year Fiscal and Economic Review. “The State Budget allocated $200 million to a third round of Works for Queensland in 2019-21 but we see the time is right to bring forward $100 million...

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Dec 12, 2018
CuDeco head steps down

CuDeco head steps down

CuDeco has announced the resignation of chairman Peter Hutchison from its board for health reasons. Mr Hutchison has been a director since 2004 and has served as a member of CuDeco’s audit committee and the human resources, remuneration and nominations committee. He said he left with regret as he believed that the future of the company would be successful following the restructuring proc...

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Dec 12, 2018
Golden partnership for vanadium hopeful

Golden partnership for vanadium hopeful

North-West Queensland vanadium proponent Intermin Resources has reached a merger agreement with MacPhersons Resources. The deal was being described as ‘transformational’, with the two companies holding combined estimated mineral resources of 1.15M oz of gold in the  Kalgoorlie region. The joined companies will be renamed Horizon Minerals Limited (subject to Intermin shareho...

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Dec 11, 2018
Supply opportunities in local government

Supply opportunities in local government

From fuel supply to footpaths, civil engineering to industrial cleaning, below is a range of tender opportunities with councils throughout regional Queensland. Closing on Description Issued By Category Wed, 12 December 2018 11:00 AM GCCC008216: LG314/621/18/119 – TECHNO ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY STUDY OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR USE OF DORMANT LANDFILLS ENERGY...

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Dec 11, 2018
Far West mining on the near horizon at Thalanga

Far West mining on the near horizon at Thalanga

Red River Resources is on track to start production from its Far West deposit in early 2019. The company says the decline has advanced to 90m vertical depth at the site, which has a reserve of 1.5 million tonnes at 12 per cent zinc. Ore from Far West will augment the output from the West 45 deposit, which is also part of Red River’s Thalanga project in the Charters Towers region. ...

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Dec 11, 2018
Federal funding pledge for Mackay Ring Road Stage 2

Federal funding pledge for Mackay Ring Road Stage 2

The Federal Government has committed $280 million to help deliver the Bruce Highway – Mackay Ring Road Stage 2 project. Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said this work would extend the Mackay Ring Road – Stage 1 project by connecting the Bruce Highway at Glenella, north-west of Mackay, heading east to Harbour Rd. This would assist in r...

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Dec 11, 2018
Good news for Ardmore phosphate project

Good news for Ardmore phosphate project

Centrex Metals has received State environmental approvals for its Ardmore phosphate project in North-West Queensland. The company said the issued environmental authority for its mining lease would allow the company to progress start-up operations. It plans to produce about 30,000 wet tonnes of phosphate rock concentrate to provide batches to potential future customers in the second half of ...

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