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Oct 28, 2019
Cook Colliery back on track after roof fall

Cook Colliery back on track after roof fall

Bounty Mining says its Cook Colliery operations, south of Blackwater, are back on schedule after a roof fall interrupted production. The company said a continuous miner damaged in the October 17 incident had been repaired and resumed mining on the night shift on Friday (October 25). Cook Colliery was now operating as scheduled with two continuous miners cutting underground while a third wa...

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Oct 28, 2019
Zenith zeroes in on Red Mountain gold potential

Zenith zeroes in on Red Mountain gold potential

Zenith Minerals is undertaking a capital raising of up to $1.95 million to fund further exploration in Central Queensland and at its Split Rocks project in WA. “The recent strong gold results from our 100 per cent owned Split Rocks in the Forrestania belt and Red Mountain in Queensland warrant immediate follow up, along with continued work on lithium targets at Split Rocks, Waratah Well, and...

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Oct 28, 2019
Golden Ant drilling to kick off next month

Golden Ant drilling to kick off next month

Greenpower Energy is preparing for its maiden drill campaign at the Golden Ant gold projects north-east of Townsville. Permitting and approvals were in place and the first drill program was planned to commence in November, the company said. The work will include the three former mine sites of Big Rush, Camel Creek and Golden Cup. “This drilling announcement marks a significant poi...

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Oct 28, 2019
Bauxite Hills continues to deliver for Metro Mining

Bauxite Hills continues to deliver for Metro Mining

Metro Mining has reported a bumper quarter for its Bauxite Hills mine on Cape York, shipping 1.415 million wet metric tonnes of bauxite. The shipments exceeded the forecast budget by 13 per cent in the September quarter, keeping the company on track to meet its 2019 production and shipping guidance of 3.3-3.5 million WMT. Engineering modifications on the overland conveyor system at the Barg...

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Oct 28, 2019
New solar farm set to connect at Columboola

New solar farm set to connect at Columboola

Luminous Energy has completed a contract to connect its proposed 162MW Columboola Solar Farm to the state’s network via the Columboola Substation. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the solar farm, near Miles, would provide up to 400 construction jobs and the substation and transmission line works would support another 17 jobs. Construction of the project’s transmission assets is du...

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Oct 28, 2019
Townsville forum promotes Queensland’s hydrogen  future

Townsville forum promotes Queensland’s hydrogen future

An industry forum in Townsville next month will explore the billion-dollar opportunities for hydrogen production and projects in Queensland’s future. Businesses and decision-makers from around regional Queensland are due to connect with energy leaders, experts and academics at the State Government’s first regional Hydrogen Industry Forum. It comes after a North Queensland visit last mon...

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Oct 27, 2019
Piles of progress for Mackay Ring Rd

Piles of progress for Mackay Ring Rd

The $497.3 million Mackay Ring Rd project is on track for completion in late 2020 after passing a number of milestones in recent months. A Transport and Main Roads spokesman said procurement activities were nearing completion, with subcontracts previously awarded for all major components. The Mackay Ring Road (Stage 1) involves the construction of 13 bridges, including four water crossings ...

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Oct 25, 2019
Funding secured to repair unsealed roads

Funding secured to repair unsealed roads

Townsville City Council has secured more than $3.6 million to repair the unsealed road network following the unprecedented monsoon earlier this year. The $3.65 million is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). Local Recovery and Resilience Group Chair Cr Les Walker said the work is well underway on repairing rur...

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Oct 25, 2019
Contract awarded for $481m Cairns highway upgrade

Contract awarded for $481m Cairns highway upgrade

HSA Group has been awarded the contract to design and build the $481 million Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale project. Described as the single biggest road project for Far North Queensland, Federal Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said it would significantly improve safety on a busy two-lane section of the Bruce...

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Oct 25, 2019
Tarong power plant in $29.9m shutdown

Tarong power plant in $29.9m shutdown

A $29.9 million maintenance shutdown is underway at Tarong Power Station in the South Burnett region, involving a workforce of up to 500 contractors and station employees. Tarong Power Station site manager Brad Perry said overhauls were major logistical exercises that involved careful planning and preparation. “Power station overhauls are large-scale engineering projects that maintain the...

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Oct 24, 2019
Port of Mackay does heavy lifting for Hay Point project

Port of Mackay does heavy lifting for Hay Point project

The “grand finale” in the transportation of new ship loader cargo destined for Hay Point Coal Terminal has been completed at the Port of Mackay. Spanning 50m long, and weighing 230 metric tonnes, the ship loader shuttle is a replacement for an old piece of equipment which was lifted from the vessel Pauwgracht in spectacular fashion at Wharf One five weeks ago. The Pauwgracht, which is o...

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Oct 24, 2019
Anti-protest laws passed

Anti-protest laws passed

Protesters will be banned from using ‘dangerous’ lock-on devices under new laws passed in Parliament. Police Minister Mark Ryan said the new Dangerous Attachment Device laws were focused one the safety of emergency workers and the safety of the individuals planning to use the devices. “The penalty for using one of these devices will be up to two years imprisonment or a fine o...

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Oct 24, 2019
Indigenous people keen to contribute to mining

Indigenous people keen to contribute to mining

“Come. Sit. Listen” ‘Aunty’ Val Alberts beckoned to guests in the Gudjal language. Miners, Chinese diplomats and local government officials were the subject of Mrs Alberts’ ‘Welcome to Country’ at the recent Lynne Decline opening ceremony at Pajingo mine south of Charters Towers. Mrs Alberts paid her respects to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous elders and spoke o...

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Oct 24, 2019
Top gun goes deep at Pajingo

Top gun goes deep at Pajingo

There’s another top gun in the Queensland hardrock mining industry. Pit N Portal is venturing into Queensland underground mining on the back of expansion investment at Minjar Gold’s Pajingo operation near Charters Towers. The company has an existing relationship with Minjar Gold at its Marvel Loch operation in Western Australia.  The foray into underground mining in Queensland i...

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Oct 24, 2019
Three cultures and a mine

Three cultures and a mine

Chinese investment is being met with open arms in North Queensland. Pajingo recently held its official opening of the Lynne Decline which gives the operation a second life. The mine located south of Charters Towers has so far given up 2.7 million ounces of gold over its 30 year plus mine life. Chinese company Minjar Gold bought the operation from Evolution Mining in 2016.  Charters ...

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Oct 24, 2019
Chinese $US23b investment in Queensland mining

Chinese $US23b investment in Queensland mining

Queensland has become the backbone of China-Australia trade and economic co-operation. This was part of the address by Chinese Consul General Dr Xu Jie at the recent opening ceremony of the Lynne Decline at the Minjar Gold owned Pajingo Mine south of Charters Towers. Minjar Gold is a Chinese company focused on gold exploration and production in both Western Australia and Queensland. Chi...

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Oct 24, 2019
High hopes for unicorn decline

High hopes for unicorn decline

The Lynne Decline project is a unicorn in the world of mining – coming in safely, on budget and almost on time. Mining engineer and project manager Rob Baker has been juggling the various working parts of the project for 18 months. “The ore really sits at about 400 to 450m below surface,” Mr Baker said. “All up the project has just over 7km of development that needs to be c...

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Oct 24, 2019
Pajingo gathers speed

Pajingo gathers speed

One of the most understated gold mines in Australia mining folklore is gathering speed. Pajingo may soon wear another moniker like ‘Old Faithful’ as it enters its second phase operation which could be decades in the reckoning. The operation south of Charters Towers has yielded more than 2.7 million ounces of gold in its 32-year mine life.   Pajingo has weathered bad times l...

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