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Apr 19, 2019
Strong zinc performance at Cannington mine

Strong zinc performance at Cannington mine

South32 has reported a nine per cent increase in payable zinc equivalent production at its Cannington operation in North-West Queensland in the nine months to March. The quarterly report released this week indicated an output of 140,100 tonnes payable zinc equivalent in that time. This came as silver and zinc grades improved in accordance with the company’s expectations and mill thr...

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Apr 18, 2019
Gladstone port gets ready to welcome yachts

Gladstone port gets ready to welcome yachts

Gladstone Ports Corporation will have a major role to play in this year’s Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race, which starts tomorrow. GPC acting chief executive officer Craig Walker said they were proud to provide the venue for Gladstone’s Easter celebrations, including being the finish line for the annual race. “Facilitating the installation of a temporary 100m pontoon at O’Connel...

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Apr 18, 2019
Indigenous company hopes to shine with Collinsville power plant

Indigenous company hopes to shine with Collinsville power plant

The Brisbane-based indigenous energy company behind a 1000-megawatt hybrid power plant in North Queensland hopes construction on the project can begin within the next 18 months. Shine Energy said it was committed to helping Australia transition to a renewable future with the construction of the power plant at Collinsville. When finished, the Dhalgan Energy Park will be Australia’s first HE...

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Apr 18, 2019
Project Atlas to fuel CSR manufacturing plants

Project Atlas to fuel CSR manufacturing plants

Senex Energy has sealed a sales deal which will see gas from its Project Atlas development used to manufacture building products in Queensland. The agreement to provide up to 3.25 petajoules (PJ) of natural gas to south-east Queensland manufacturer CSR Limited represents the first domestic gas contract from Project Atlas, 20km south-west of Wandoan. CSR will use the gas in its three south-...

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Apr 18, 2019
Politicians face Adani ‘acid test’ as business community demands answers

Politicians face Adani ‘acid test’ as business community demands answers

The business community has challenged local politicians and candidates to declare their support towards the immediate opening of the Galilee Basin for coal mining. Townsville Enterprise has partnered with the Queensland Resources Council and 20 North Queensland businesses to issue an open letter declaring ‘enough is enough’. It is addressed to all local Members of Parliament, ca...

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Apr 18, 2019
Welcome boost for $1b Moranbah coal project

Welcome boost for $1b Moranbah coal project

Whitehaven Coal’s planned Winchester South coal mine near Moranbah will deliver hundreds of coal mining jobs and boost the Central Queensland economy for decades, CFMEU Mining & Energy said today. CFMEU Mining & Energy Queensland President Stephen Smyth welcomed the Queensland Government’s announcement that the $1 billion project would be declared a co-ordinated project, streamlining ...

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Apr 17, 2019
Anti-coal protests at the heart of rail safety campaign

Anti-coal protests at the heart of rail safety campaign

Aurizon is targeting anti-coal protestors illegally trespassing in the rail corridor with a new public safety campaign. The rail business says train drivers living in Queensland’s regional communities are at the heart of the ‘Don’t put your life on the line’ campaign. An unnamed North Queensland train driver has spoken out about the devastating impact of near misses and the fear ...

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Apr 17, 2019
Group helps students make the link

Group helps students make the link

Twenty-five years ago, two Townsville teachers set out to tackle the high drop-out rate in Year 11 and 12 STEM subjects such as physics. They decided that a key problem was that students simply ‘couldn’t see the point’ of much of the complex material involved. The pair went on to launch The Engineering Link Group (TELG), and its programs have since reached more than 4000 students and hund...

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Apr 17, 2019
Mendi adds to Townsville quarrying might

Mendi adds to Townsville quarrying might

The Mendi Group has acquired a third quarry in the Townsville area to supply the local construction industry.  Mendi managing director Jeffrey Doyle said the new CAMM North quarry would be ramping up production to supply raw materials on the northern and southern approaches to Townsville. “The purchase of the previously-named Wild Boar Quarry is a very strategic step for us and repre...

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Apr 17, 2019
Attachment brings cement soil innovation

Attachment brings cement soil innovation

The Schökem process showcased at the Bauma trade fair this month offers a new way to economically produce soil cement. Developed by Kemroc Spezialmaschinen GmbH of Germany, its main element is a 5m-long front-end attachment for medium-sized excavators. This can simultaneously inject and mix a binder suspension with the soil to create a soil cement structure. Kemroc says treated soil tur...

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Apr 16, 2019
Mount Isa rail link to reopen this month

Mount Isa rail link to reopen this month

The State Government has flagged April 29 as the date that the Mount Isa rail line is expected to re-open. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said more than 400 Queensland Rail staff and contractors had worked 160,000 hours over the past 10 weeks to repair rail infrastructure between Oorindi and Hughenden after an unprecedented monsoonal weather event hit the region. The line is ...

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Apr 16, 2019
May start for underground mine construction

May start for underground mine construction

Construction will start next month for underground mine development at Evolution Mining’s Mt Carlton site, 150 km south-east of Townsville. The company’s board in October approved the $60 million underground development, pit cut-back and relevant plant modifications for the gold operation. Mt Carlton general manager Anton Kruger said the decline would be developed to access or...

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Apr 16, 2019
Multifix creditors meeting set for next week

Multifix creditors meeting set for next week

A creditors’ meeting will be held on April 26 following the collapse of Mackay Ring Road subcontractors Multifix Constructions. Morgan Lane and Nikhil Khatri of Worrells Solvency and Forensic Accountants were appointed voluntary administrators of Multifix Constructions last week. Established since 1997, Multifix specialises in formwork, reinforcing, and concreting, and had been enga...

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Apr 16, 2019
Work starts on major upgrade to Haughton River floodplain

Work starts on major upgrade to Haughton River floodplain

Major works have started on the Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade project on the Bruce Highway at Giru, south of Townsville. Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said the $514.3 million program of works was jointly funded by the Federal and State governments. “We’ll be building several longer and higher bridges on the Bruce Highway, improving safety ...

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Apr 16, 2019
Stage one of Cairns marine precinct opened

Stage one of Cairns marine precinct opened

Local jobs across the Cairns commercial shipping and maritime industries will be further supported by recently completed upgrades to the Cairns marine precinct. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch, who officially opened stage one of the precinct today, said the Federal Government’s $24 million investment had boosted economic growth in the region and supported the expansion of the marine touris...

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Apr 16, 2019
Contractors happy with LNP road spend commitment

Contractors happy with LNP road spend commitment

Civil contractors have received a Federal commitment on northern road funding after raising concerns about the proportion of project cash being budgeted years down the track. North Queensland Civil Construction Association (NQCCA) president Phil Cassell said the group had been completely satisfied with the reponses of Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCorm...

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Apr 15, 2019
Bauxite Hills prepared for 2019 ramp-up

Bauxite Hills prepared for 2019 ramp-up

Metro Mining has restarted its Bauxite Hills mine, north of Weipa, after the wet season and is ready to ramp up production. The company has recruited its workforce to shift into owner/operator mining and carried out significant upgrade works on site. To prepare for the increase in production in 2019, the port area was increased in size and the layout changed to improve traffic flow. St...

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Apr 15, 2019
Environmental boxes ticked for NQ hydro project

Environmental boxes ticked for NQ hydro project

Genex Power has secured all of the environmental approvals needed to develop its Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro project. The pumped storage hydro project is the centrepiece of the planned $1 billion Kidston energy hub, located at the former Kidston gold mine site about 280km north-west of Townsville. The approval process was facilitated by the Office of the Co-ordinator General after the pro...

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