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Jun 29, 2019
Hospital build to start next month after construction contract awarded

Hospital build to start next month after construction contract awarded

Broad Construction Services has been named as principal contractor for a $73.9 million Kingaroy Hospital redevelopment project. Construction is set to commence in July 2019 with the project expected to be finalised in 2021. Health Minister Steven Miles said the project would support about 72 full-time equivalent jobs during construction and use as many local sub-contractors as possible. ...

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Jun 28, 2019
Biggest backhoe dredge bound for FNQ

Biggest backhoe dredge bound for FNQ

Queensland has become home to the largest Australian-owned backhoe dredge – and it’s set to start work in Cairns in July. The vessel – a Backacter (BA) 900 christened Woomera – makes it possible to excavate hard material like rock and clay in confined locations. Spanning 65m, the Woomera can dredge depths of up to 26m. Hall Contracting chief executive officer Cameron Hall sa...

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Jun 28, 2019
Cairns hosts high-level GHD technical conference

Cairns hosts high-level GHD technical conference

More than 100 leaders from global professional services company GHD are meeting in Cairns (June 27-29), with a focus on regional growth in Northern Australia. “Celebrating and fostering technical excellence and bringing that global expertise to benefit our local clients is a core part of GHD’s DNA,” GHD technical services leader Jill Hannaford said. “We have the unique opportunity to hear...

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Jun 28, 2019
Iplex marks official opening at Bohle, Townsville

Iplex marks official opening at Bohle, Townsville

Iplex Australia has marked the reopening of its polyethylene (PE) plant in Bohle, Townsville, and revealed it is vying for Carmichael coal project work. The plant reopening comes after Iplex won the contract to supply 1.8 metre diameter GRP pipe for Stage 1 of Townsville’s Haughton Pipeline Duplication project, as well as responding to increased demands for polyethylene products in the ...

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Jun 28, 2019
Backing for new waste recycling project in Cairns

Backing for new waste recycling project in Cairns

A new construction and demolition waste recycling facility will be established in Cairns under the $100 million Resource Recovery Industry Development Program (RRIDP). The RRIDP supports projects and businesses that divert waste from landfill, reduce stockpiling and create jobs. Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the Cairns Regional Council would receive $295,400 towards a $590,800 proje...

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Jun 27, 2019
Operator killed at CQ mine was Mackay family man

Operator killed at CQ mine was Mackay family man

The digger operator who died in an accident at the Middlemount coal mine in Central Queensland yesterday has been identified as David John Routledge. Mr Routledge, 56, from South Mackay, (pictured above with grandchildren) was described as an experienced operator who had worked at Middlemount mine for more than three years. “He was a highly valued member of our team and will be greatl...

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Jun 27, 2019
Developer named for prime Townsville waterfront site

Developer named for prime Townsville waterfront site

Townsville-based property development company Reef House Investment Group (RHIG) has been named as the preferred proponent to build a multi-million-dollar waterfront development on Flinders St. The development will be built on the site of the old Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) offices, between Reef HQ and the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville. Port of Townsville...

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Jun 27, 2019
Mine death must act as wake-up call says union

Mine death must act as wake-up call says union

The Middlemount mine fatality must be a wake-up call to the industry on safety, says CFMEU Mining and Energy. “We are devastated a mineworker was killed in a shocking incident at Middlemount coal mine yesterday afternoon, where a high wall collapsed on to an excavator with the worker inside,” Queensland president Stephen Smyth said.  “On behalf of the whole union, w...

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Jun 27, 2019
New decline opens golden opportunities at Pajingo

New decline opens golden opportunities at Pajingo

Minjar Gold’s Pajingo operation has started construction of a new decline, with the first blast for the box cut completed last week. It is the first new decline at the Charters Towers district mine in 24 years and is expected to take it down the path to what is being dubbed ‘Pajingo 2.0’. General manager – Pajingo operations Kerry Payne said the decline would provide access to the Lyn...

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Jun 27, 2019
Proven components at heart of new Sandvik drill

Proven components at heart of new Sandvik drill

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has launched its latest underground drilling jumbo – the DD320S. The DD320S is a two-boom, hydraulic controlled development drill, and incorporates state-of-the-art Sandvik technology. “The new Sandvik DD320S is designed to meet the needs of both mining and tunneling construction customers, customers who appreciate high drilling performance togethe...

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Jun 26, 2019
Operator confirmed dead in Middlemount Coal incident

Operator confirmed dead in Middlemount Coal incident

Middlemount Coal has confirmed in a statement that a digger operator trapped during an incident at the Middlemount open-cut coal mine has been found dead. Operations have been suspended at the Central Queensland site, which is run in joint venture by Peabody Energy and Yancoal Australia. “It is with great sadness that Middlemount Coal regrets to advise of the loss of one of its valua...

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Jun 26, 2019
New gold miner tiptoes forward

New gold miner tiptoes forward

Progress reports being issued by Brisbane-based Laneway Resources show that the company to late June has now seen almost 5000 ounces of gold produced since the Agate Creek mine came online in April. The blueprint is for a staged development, with the first phase nearing an end and the next to be determined with development of recently identified high-grade ore zones. That may not sound spec...

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Jun 26, 2019
Civil work needs a heart starter

Civil work needs a heart starter

Civil engineering and construction work was down almost nine percent in Queensland provoking a peak industry body to call for government investment to be fast-tracked. New figures show that the volume of civil/engineeing construction work done across Australia fell to a two-year low during the March 2019 quarter according to Master Builders Australia (MBA). The amount of work done in this p...

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Jun 26, 2019
Local business ‘big winners’ from bumper works program

Local business ‘big winners’ from bumper works program

Rockhampton Regional Council has today adopted its 2019/20 Budget with a bumper $149.3 million capital works program. Mayor Margaret Strelow said local businesses would be the big winners from the record capital works funding thanks to the council’s local preference policy. “If previous years are any judgement, more than 75 per cent of that money will be spent locally, bearing in mi...

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Jun 26, 2019
Mackay earmarks $116m for capital works projects

Mackay earmarks $116m for capital works projects

A $14 million water recycling plant is among the big ticket items covered by $116 million in capital works spending in Mackay Regional Council’s 2019/20 Budget. The allocation includes $72 million for renewing existing assets, $15 million for upgrades and $29 million for new assets. Mayor Greg Williamson said 2018-19 had been an extremely busy year in terms of capital works projects a...

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Jun 26, 2019
Century mining expansion study yields positive results

Century mining expansion study yields positive results

An expansion study shows New Century Resources would add seven years to the zinc operation’s mine life through a proposal to start open-cut mining in addition to its tailings reprocessing operations. A feasibility study is now underway, planned for completion end of the third quarter of the 2020 financial year, towards the decision on whether to mine. New Century Resources said first...

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Jun 26, 2019
Major ports conference opens in Townsville

Major ports conference opens in Townsville

The Australian Ports Business and Operations Conference has opened today, drawing more than 130 maritime and logistics experts to Port of Townsville. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said with the volume of freight moving across Queensland expected to grow more than 20 per cent over the next decade, ports were critical to the state’s economy. “Our publicly-owned por...

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Jun 26, 2019
Council approves revamp for busy Redlynch intersection

Council approves revamp for busy Redlynch intersection

The intersection at the corner of Redlynch Intake and Kamerunga roads, outside the Red Beret Hotel at Redlynch, Cairns, will get a $2.4 million upgrade. Cairns Regional Council has approved the project, which will use a combination of traffic calming devices to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians, as well as improve traffic flow. A new external timber deck pedestrian pathway at the...

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