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Aug 27, 2019
Ernest Henry maintains AISC costs lead

Ernest Henry maintains AISC costs lead

by Ross Louthean The Ernest Henry copper-gold mine in north-west Queensland has maintained its dominant role in the all-in sustaining costs (AISC) for Australian mines. The underground mine, now under the wing of Evolution Mining Ltd, had AISC costs of minus $A644 an ounce in the June quarater, followed by Newcrest Mining Ltd’s Cadia Valley operation in New South Wales with all-in costs o...

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Aug 27, 2019
Indigenous communities receive transport boost

Indigenous communities receive transport boost

Fourteen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island (ATSI) communities will share in more than $8 million to build and upgrade local roads and transport infrastructure under a State scheme. Councils including Aurukun, Burke, Cook, Doomadgee, Lockhart River and Pormpuraaw are the latest recipients of the annual Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme(TIDS) program. “We’re proud to support ...

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Aug 27, 2019
Strategy to add spark to North West’s economy

Strategy to add spark to North West’s economy

The State Government has pledged $1.18 million for the CopperString 2.0 power project as part of a North West Queensland Economic Diversification Strategy State Development Minister Cameron Dick said the strategy was the result of extensive consultation and would be backed by an implementation plan to quickly deliver outcomes. “Key supply chain and value-adding industries in Townsvi...

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Aug 26, 2019
Full steam ahead for Outback Way works

Full steam ahead for Outback Way works

Work has begun on the next stage of a raft of Outback Way upgrade projects involving a $26 million spend over three years. After sealing 18km between Boulia and Tobermorey, crews have now started on paving and sealing an additional 25km between the two communities and widening 17km of road between Winton and Boulia. Boulia Shire Council Mayor Rick Britton said the future looked bright for ...

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Aug 26, 2019
Sought-after coal seam boosts Isaac River resource

Sought-after coal seam boosts Isaac River resource

Bowen Coking Coal has increased the resource estimate for its Isaac River project by more than 67 per cent to 8.7 million tonnes. The company says the new total follows confirmation of the higher quality Vermont Upper seam, which accounts for 3.2 million tonnes of the resource estimate. It says 8.35 million of the 8.7 million tonnes is classified as measured and indicated. The Isaac Rive...

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Aug 26, 2019
Miner killed in wall collapse at Bootu Creek

Miner killed in wall collapse at Bootu Creek

A 59-year-old man has been killed at the Bootu Creek manganese mine in the Northern Territory, where a pit wall failed on Saturday afternoon. Mine owner OM Holdings said it was working closely with the Northern Territory Police, the Department of Primary Industry and Resources and Worksafe NT, who were conducting a full investigation. “To all his family, friends and work colleagues, O...

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Aug 26, 2019
Arts centre project puts FKG in  winners circle

Arts centre project puts FKG in winners circle

The Cairns Performing Arts Centre earned the Project of the Year award for FK Gardner and Sons at the Master Builders Far North Queensland Housing & Construction Awards on Saturday. The building contains state-of-the-art performance management equipment including lighting controls, prop lift systems, moveable orchestra pits and stage floor elevators. Throughout the project’s d...

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Aug 26, 2019
Ergon Energy depot earns top award for A Gabrielli

Ergon Energy depot earns top award for A Gabrielli

A Gabrielli Constructions has emerged among the big winners from the North Queensland Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards at the weekend. The firm won the Project of the Year award for the Ergon Energy Garbutt Depot Stage 2 project as well as the Industrial Building over $5 million category, the Refurbishment/Renovation over $750,000 and Education Facilities up to $5 milli...

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Aug 25, 2019
NQ highway works attract  top civil contractors’ award

NQ highway works attract top civil contractors’ award

A BMD Constructions project on the Bruce Highway south of Ingham has claimed a major prize at the Queensland 2019 Earth Awards. The Civil Contractors Federation Queensland awards recognise excellence in civil construction including roads, bridges, railways, marine structures and utilities. BMD’s Bruce Highway Bridge Upgrade – Cattle Creek and Frances Creek won the category for...

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Aug 23, 2019
Downer secures long-term power station works

Downer secures long-term power station works

CS Energy has named Downer EDI as preferred contractor for its overhaul and capital works program over the next five years at its Callide and Kogan Creek power stations. CS Energy chief executive officer Andrew Bills said the long-term partnership with Downer would ensure that CS Energy’s power stations continued to provide reliable electricity into the National Electricity Market (NEM). ...

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Aug 23, 2019
Countdown to AusIMM’s annual regional conference

Countdown to AusIMM’s annual regional conference

Former Mount Isa Mines executive Ian Goddard will be keynote speaker at AusIMM’s North West Queensland Regional Mining Conference next week (August 30). The Cloncurry conference will also present a series of technical talks from a variety of mining companies. This will be followed by a Q&A session with panelists including Kevin De Souza (Professor of Business, Technology an...

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Aug 23, 2019
India presents ‘golden opportunity’ for coal growth

India presents ‘golden opportunity’ for coal growth

India’s rapidly growing demand for energy presents a golden opportunity for Australian thermal coal exports, according to a new report. Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan said the Coal in India 2019 report, prepared by the Office of the Chief Economist, outlined India’s potential as Australia’s greatest new thermal coal export market, potentially creating at least 4000 new dire...

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Aug 23, 2019
Shell in $617m takeover deal for ERM Power

Shell in $617m takeover deal for ERM Power

Global energy giant Shell has launched a $617 million takeover bid for ERM Power, whose assets include the Oakey gas-fired power station. Shell Energy Australia proposes to acquire 100 per cent of the share capital of ERM Power for a cash price of $2.4654 per share, by way of a scheme of arrangement. “This acquisition aligns with Shell’s global ambition to expand our integrated power b...

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Aug 23, 2019
Miners band together in renewable energy bid

Miners band together in renewable energy bid

Key mining and minerals-processing companies in North West Queensland have banded together to seek out a ‘green’ energy solution for their power needs. They are looking to purchase 1 million megawatt hours of renewable electricity every year for a decade to power their Mount Isa and Cloncurry-based operations. KPMG Corporate Finance has been engaged to run the process in colla...

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Aug 22, 2019
Industry Connect Workshops

Industry Connect Workshops

Join regional representatives from a cross-section of industries to hear about emerging trends and opportunities available to help your business win more work and grow.   This workshop series is led by the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre.  The METS ignited, Advanced Manufacturing and NERA Industry Growth Centres are represented as are the Resource Industry Network ...

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Aug 22, 2019
More support for workers diagnosed with silicosis

More support for workers diagnosed with silicosis

WorkCover Queensland has engaged two leading universities to undertake research on how to best support workers who have been diagnosed with silicosis said Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace. Professor Malcolm Sim from Monash University and Professor Bob Cohen from the University of Illinois will lead expert teams to address important issues including: the treatment, rehabilitation an...

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Aug 22, 2019
Fatality overshadows company reporting

Fatality overshadows company reporting

A shadow hangs over civil, mining and urban development contractor NRW’s full year financial results ending Jun 30. The fatality on a Central Queensland mine last month headed the announcement by CEO and Managing Director Jules Pemberton.  “Before addressing the results I wanted to reiterate that the safety and wellbeing of our people remains our highest priority,” Mr Pem...

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Aug 22, 2019
Lode and leadership needed in energy development

Lode and leadership needed in energy development

A new report released by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) shows the urgent need for new generation and transmission to ensure the security of the power system into the future, the Clean Energy Council said today. The AEMO report identified significant challenges as a result of the increased withdrawal and reliability issues for ageing coal-fired power plants, said Chief Executive ...

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