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Dec 13, 2019
Tougher gas regulations for Queensland coal mines

Tougher gas regulations for Queensland coal mines

Queensland is stepping up controls on methane gas monitoring in underground coal mines. The new health and safety regulations are set to come into effect from January 6. Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said the prevention and early detection of methane-related risks was vital to protect workers in Queensland’s nine operating underground coal mines. Dr Lynham said the reforms had come af...

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Dec 13, 2019
State clears business case funds for Urannah Dam

State clears business case funds for Urannah Dam

The State Government has given the green light for the next stage of the Urannah Dam proposal, releasing a $10 million allocation. The 1.6 million megalitre dam proposal will now undergo a detailed business case and environmental impact statement. Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the $10 million in National Water Infrastructure Development Funds would go to Bowen Collinsvil...

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Dec 12, 2019
Glencore delivers Christmas cheer to farming families

Glencore delivers Christmas cheer to farming families

Glencore’s coal business is providing thousands of New South Wales and Queensland farming families affected by drought with IGA gift vouchers for Christmas. The company said it would be providing a $300 IGA gift voucher for groceries to 5800 farming families affected by the drought – one for each of its coal employees. The donation will total $1.7 million and will be delivered i...

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Dec 12, 2019
Milestone month for Round Oak copper operations

Milestone month for Round Oak copper operations

Round Oak Minerals has reached a milestone in its Barbara copper operation, with the first 50,000-tonne batch of ore being processed in Mount Isa this week. Its Mount Colin underground operation is also in full swing as workers begin to move into a newly commissioned on-site accommodation camp. Round Oak Minerals chief executive officer Rob Cooper said mining was going well at Barbara, abou...

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Dec 12, 2019
Mastermyne puts loads of support behind charities

Mastermyne puts loads of support behind charities

Mining contractor Mastermyne is putting some muscle into a new charity drive, with two new coal loaders on the job. The Mackay-based group has launched its new community benefits program, Ripple Effect, and is hoping to encourage other organisations to get on board. Two loaders, one painted pink and the other blue courtesy of manufacturer Sandvik, will be hired out by the company to its Mor...

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Dec 12, 2019
NQ Excavations on Haughton pipeline home stretch

NQ Excavations on Haughton pipeline home stretch

Townsville firm NQ Excavations is nearing completion of its 8.8km stretch of the Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project. NQ Excavations expects to install the last length of pipe early next week and begin commissioning before Christmas, director Eric Lollo says. It follows the milestone last month of completing the second head control tower pipe (pictured) on this stretch of the project. ...

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Dec 12, 2019
Time to nominate for Indigenous achievement awards

Time to nominate for Indigenous achievement awards

The Queensland Resources Council is calling for nominations for its 2020 Indigenous Awards. The awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the State’s resources sector. QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the resources sector was committed to providing economic pathways and opportunities to Indigenous Australians from Brisbane to...

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Dec 11, 2019
Sarah celebrates a safety first for Queensland coal

Sarah celebrates a safety first for Queensland coal

Sarah Coughlan from Grosvenor mine has become the first woman in Queensland to hold a Deputy’s Certificate of Competency. The mining engineer was among five Anglo American team members achieving their Deputy certificates this week, the company said. Mine Deputy is a statutory position under the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999, with the responsibility for controlling activities in ...

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Dec 11, 2019
Coal operation remains on hold after recent death

Coal operation remains on hold after recent death

Mining operations remain suspended at Carborough Downs, about 20km east of Moranbah, where an employee was killed on November 25. Ipswich man Brad Duxbury, 57, was killed underground at the coal mine – becoming the seventh person to die within 18 months in a workplace incident in Queensland’s mines and quarries. A spokesman for mine owner Fitzroy Australia Resources said invest...

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Dec 11, 2019
Water pipeline on track for March completion

Water pipeline on track for March completion

Stage 1 of the Haughton Pipeline Duplication project is 85 per cent done and on track for completion by March, Townsville City Council says. Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said she was impressed by the progress being made by the contractors working on the water project, with about 29km of the 34km of pipeline laid. “To date there have been 200 businesses and over 1000 workers that have bee...

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Dec 11, 2019
Siemens wins latest Adani rail network contract

Siemens wins latest Adani rail network contract

Adani has awarded Siemens the contract to deliver signaling systems for safe and efficient operations on the rail network for its Carmichael coal mine. The signaling project is expected to create and preserve up to 50 local jobs in Queensland including project staff, engineers, construction workers and tradesmen. The technology firm has been targeted by anti-Adani activists and the contra...

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Dec 11, 2019
Major project status puts vanadium mine in fast lane

Major project status puts vanadium mine in fast lane

The Federal Government has granted major project status to a North West Queensland vanadium mine, with construction set to kick off in 2020. The fast-tracking of the Saint Elmo project near Julia Creek fits the government goal of positioning Australia as a key global player in critical minerals. Proponent Multicom Resources plans an open-cut mine for the production of vanadium, a key mate...

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Dec 11, 2019
Acquisition may build Mount Coolon momentum

Acquisition may build Mount Coolon momentum

Mount Coolon gold project proponent GBM Resources is advancing a share placement campaign to allow the acquisition of Millstream Resources. GBM says the move has the potential to support its working capital requirements and the ongoing development of the Mount Coolon project in Central Queensland. Millstream, a subsidiary of Stibium, stands to earn a 50 per cent stake in the White Dam gold ...

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Dec 10, 2019
Supply opportunities in local government

Supply opportunities in local government

From plumbing to pool maintenance, waste management to water truck hire and more, below is a list of current council tenders in regional Queensland. Closing Description Issued By Tue, 25 February 2020 2:00 PM IRC009443: Provision of PlumbingServices Preferred Supplier Arrangement (PSA)  Isaac Regional Council Tue, 25 February 2020 2:00 PM IRC00...

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Dec 10, 2019
BGC Contracting takeover a done deal for NRW Holdings

BGC Contracting takeover a done deal for NRW Holdings

NRW Holdings has completed the acquisition of BGC Contracting, which will be renamed as NRW Contracting. The NRW Holdings stable of mining and civil contracting services also includes drill and blast service provider Action Drill & Blast and Queensland-based Golding Group, which it snapped up in 2017 for $85 million. NRW managing director Jules Pemberton welcomed the completion of the...

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Dec 10, 2019
First gas hits market from fast-tracked Project Atlas

First gas hits market from fast-tracked Project Atlas

Senex Energy’s Project Atlas near Wandoan has started selling gas ahead of schedule, with Queensland power generator CleanCo among the first customers. The first two trains are online for the five-train, 15 PJ/year gas processing facility, which is supplying gas at the Wallumbilla Gas Hub via Jemena’s 60km $140 million Project Atlas pipeline. Senex managing director and chief execu...

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Dec 09, 2019
Progress towards Eloise copper mine restart

Progress towards Eloise copper mine restart

The Queensland Mines Inspectorate says it is reviewing the directive suspending operations at the Eloise copper mine after information provided by the operators today (December 9). The inspectorate ordered a halt in activity on November 18 due to safety concerns. A spokeswoman said today it was now allowing limited work to be undertaken underground. Eloise copper mine owner FMR Investm...

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Dec 09, 2019
Canterbury poised to release maiden resource for Briggs

Canterbury poised to release maiden resource for Briggs

Canterbury Resources plans to release a JORC-compliant resource estimate for its Briggs project next month after the 2019 drilling program outlined a large-scale copper deposit. The company said final hole in the program had been drilled to about 594m and was expected to be completed later this week. Results to date have outlined copper mineralisation over a strike length of up to 600m, w...

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