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Mar 16, 2020
Cannington employee tests positive to COVID-19

Cannington employee tests positive to COVID-19

A Cannington worker has tested positive to COVID-19, mine owner South32 has confirmed. The company says the employee was on rostered time off and had not been on site for several days when his symptoms presented. “He is now self-isolating at home and is under the management of the Townsville Public Health Authority,” a company spokeswoman said. “We continue to monito...

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Mar 14, 2020
Bowen Basin mine visitor tests positive for COVID-19

Bowen Basin mine visitor tests positive for COVID-19

A supplier who recently visited BMA’s Daunia coal mine in the Bowen Basin has tested positive for COVID-19. A BMA spokesman said the man had limited contact with the team at Daunia, 30km south-east of Moranbah. “A small number of people were identified as having close contact with the individual and are in self-isolation as a precaution,” he said. “We are providing ...

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Mar 14, 2020
New NBT boom truck from National Crane

New NBT boom truck from National Crane

Manitowoc’s National Crane has launched a new addition to its NBT boom truck range with the NBT40-2 series. The NBT40-2 series is a combined re-engineering of the reliable NBT40-1 series and popular NBT50L series, by upgrading the product in terms of capacity, reach, comfort and advanced features while maintaining the same overall weight as the NBT40-1. “The NBT40-2 series continues...

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Mar 13, 2020
Aerometrix lands $1m in aerial survey work

Aerometrix lands $1m in aerial survey work

Aerometrex has won contracts worth $1 million for aerial survey work across regional Queensland. It will undertake five projects for the Queensland Government’s Spatial Imagery Subscription Program, managed by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy They include the Surat Basin north area, taking in 149,362sq km, making it one of the largest aerial surveys conducted in Aus...

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Mar 13, 2020
Milestone for $193m port upgrade project

Milestone for $193m port upgrade project

Construction has officially kicked off on Port of Townsville’s $193 million Channel Upgrade Project, with the first rocks being laid for a 2.2km protective wall. Queensland Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the upgrade would provide a significant boost for jobs and the North Queensland economy, allowing cruise and commercial vessels up to 300m long to safely access the port. ...

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Mar 13, 2020
‘Big Australian’ still the most valuable mining brand

‘Big Australian’ still the most valuable mining brand

Australia’s BHP has retained the title of the world’s most valuable mining, iron and steel brand, according to the latest report by consultancy Brand Finance. The ‘Big Australian’ topped the list despite recording a 3 per cent drop in brand value to $US5.8 billion. “BHP, along with all mining, iron and steel brands, is having to negotiate the increasing intolerance of new...

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Mar 13, 2020
Research project looks at life after mining

Research project looks at life after mining

A new Cooperative Research Centre is being established with hubs in Queensland and Western Australia to help regional communities transition to sustainable futures after their local mines have closed. A national consortium led by The University of Queensland and The University of Western Australia has secured $30 million from the Federal Government for the work. The funding forms part of a to...

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Mar 13, 2020
Gladstone gears up for supply chain showcase

Gladstone gears up for supply chain showcase

Gladstone Engineering Alliance’s 2020 Supply Chain Expo is coming up next month and local businesses are being encouraged to make the most of the industry showcase. GEA general manager Chantale Lane said the April 30 event was a great opportunity to connect with fellow suppliers, major industry and the wider Gladstone region community. But she is urging would-be stallholders to get in qui...

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Mar 12, 2020
Resources sector mentors  lead the way for students

Resources sector mentors lead the way for students

Top women from Queensland’s resources sector are mentoring Year 12 girls to help them achieve their desired career pathways under a program now entering its second year. The QRC/WIMARQ Girls in Resources Mentoring Program will assist 24 students from Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) over a period of six months. Platinum sponsor Glencore says the program is vital to main...

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Mar 12, 2020
Working group to tackle COVID-19 threat to mines

Working group to tackle COVID-19 threat to mines

The Minerals Council of Australia plans to convene a working group to ensure mine sites ‘stay safe, open and in production’ in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Peak bodies including the MCA, NSW Minerals Council, Chamber of Mines and Energy WA, South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy and Queensland Resources Council held a roundtable meeting with Federal Resources Minist...

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Mar 12, 2020
Autonomous excavators on site in Queensland

Autonomous excavators on site in Queensland

Autonomous excavators have been put to work digging pipeline trenches across Queensland’s Surat Basin. Resource and construction firm MPC Kinetic is claiming it as an Australian first. The move follows a successful trial in late 2019, which saw a 30-tonne excavator operate fully autonomously through an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Guidance System developed by U.S. technology startup Buil...

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Mar 12, 2020
Cape engineering company folds

Cape engineering company folds

Cape York-based civil company N.Q. Civil Engineering Contracting (NQCEC) has entered into voluntary liquidation. Todd Kelly of BDO North Queensland has been appointed as liquidator. The company operated predominantly in Weipa and was based in Toowoomba.  It has been involved in prominent projects on Cape York including the Peninsula Development Road upgrade. The liquidator is condu...

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Mar 12, 2020
Labour outsourcing strips $500m-plus from regions: report

Labour outsourcing strips $500m-plus from regions: report

A new report shows more than half a billion dollars a year is being stripped from key Queensland coal mining regions as a result of the widespread replacement of permanent mining jobs with outsourced labour hire. The report, ‘Wage-cutting Strategies in the Mining Industry,’ was commissioned by the CFMEU Mining and Energy Division and produced by the McKell Institute. It set out to explo...

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Mar 12, 2020
Logistics industry seeks help to keep freight flowing

Logistics industry seeks help to keep freight flowing

The Australian Logistics Council is calling for practical measures to keep the supply chain on track amid the evolving challenges from the COVID-19 outbreak. Local curfews on delivery vehicles were hampering efforts to keep store shelves stocked with everyday essentials, for example, it said. ALC chief executive Kirk Coningham was commenting after Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s anno...

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Mar 12, 2020
PM unveils stimulus package to help business, households

PM unveils stimulus package to help business, households

The Federal Government has unveiled a $17.6 billion economic plan to bolster the Australian economy as the impacts of the coronavirus spread. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said up to 6.5 million individuals and 3.5 million businesses would be directly supported by the package. About 690,000 businesses across Australia will be able to get grants of $2000-$25,000 and the instant asset write-...

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Mar 11, 2020
Online atlas to aid explorers in the North West

Online atlas to aid explorers in the North West

An atlas of significant mineral deposits in the North West Minerals Province is taking shape, including 3D entries. The University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute is collaborating with the Geological Survey of Queensland to develop the deposit atlas. The SMI says the work will serve as a resource for explorers to improve their capability to recognise the signature...

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Mar 11, 2020
ARENA backs CQ hydrogen proposal with $1.25m grant

ARENA backs CQ hydrogen proposal with $1.25m grant

Work to assess the feasibility of a renewable hydrogen demonstration plant co-located near Stanwell Power Station is receiving $1.25 million Federal support. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced the funding today for the Central Queensland project. Power station owner Stanwell Corporation has a $5 million study under way to investigate the technical and economic feasibil...

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Mar 11, 2020
Get in quick for Gladstone business accelerator scheme

Get in quick for Gladstone business accelerator scheme

Small to medium enterprises in Central Queensland wanting to take their resource sector offerings to the next level are being urged to consider the Boost Your Business accelerator program. The program is being delivered by Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) in partnership with METS Ignited and the Queensland Government. It is aimed at registered businesses that supply products or services...

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