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Feb 10, 2019
Contract awarded for $127m Cairns port upgrade project

Contract awarded for $127m Cairns port upgrade project

RN Dredging has been awarded the dredging and construction contract for the $127 million Cairns Shipping Development project. The company, an Australian subsidiary of Rohde Nielsen A/S, will work with the largest Queensland-based dredging company – Hall Contracting, the State Government says. Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the announcement marked an important milestone for...

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Feb 10, 2019
Anti-mining rhetoric must be challenged, says RIN

Anti-mining rhetoric must be challenged, says RIN

Those pushing to ban coal mining in the Galilee Basin  have not been able to explain how it will reduce global greenhouse emissions and risk putting “feels right” in front of practical action on climate issues, according to Resource Industry Network (RIN) director Mick Crowe. Mr Crowe was commenting after the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) called on the Queensland Parliament to emphat...

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Feb 09, 2019
Assistance extended to flood-hit areas

Assistance extended to flood-hit areas

The State and Federal governments have extended disaster assistance to more local government areas in the wake of widespread flooding in Queensland’s north. Disaster assistance has been extended to the local government areas of Barcoo, Boulia, Lockhart River, Longreach, Mackay, Mareeba and Mount Isa, as well as to primary producers in Winton. In addition, impacted individuals and fami...

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Feb 09, 2019
Flooding cuts vital rail links

Flooding cuts vital rail links

Queensland Rail is counting the cost of North Queensland’s catastrophic flooding. The flooding has had a major effect on Queensland Rail’s network, particularly the Mount Isa line, which remains closed between Stuart and Cloncurry. The North Coast line also remains closed between Ayr and Cairns due to flooding. Chief executive officer Nick Easy said detailed inspections to de...

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Feb 09, 2019
Register available to help home owners with repairs

Register available to help home owners with repairs

A State Government initiative will help home owners affected by flooding in North Queensland receive assistance for house repairs. The North QLD Flood Register will allow flood-affected home owners to search for licensed contractors who are available to help with repairs, to make homes safe, secure and habitable. The register is now open for licensed contractors, including licensed asbestos...

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Feb 09, 2019
Madison to promote benefits of engineering

Madison to promote benefits of engineering

University of Southern Queensland student Madison Stahlhut has been appointed Young Ambassador for the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (Queensland). IPWEAQ represents those involved in public works infrastructure and services to the community.Ms Stahlhut will graduate in April next year as she wraps up a dual degree in Business and Commerce, but she has already completed an eng...

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Feb 09, 2019
Swamp dozer takes on the wet in FNQ

Swamp dozer takes on the wet in FNQ

Here is a machine that should come into its own in the Far North Queensland wet season. Cairns earthmoving and equipment hire contractors Nordig added the ‘swamp dozer’ to its fleet six months ago to fill a gap in the market in Cairns. Business owner Todd Mitchell said the Cat D6K was suited to working on soft ground, although Nordig’s model had smaller tracks than the standard swamp ...

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Feb 08, 2019
Peabody expecting $US125m insurance payout over  North Goonyella fire

Peabody expecting $US125m insurance payout over North Goonyella fire

Peabody Energy has provided a market update on its North Goonyella mine following a fire late last year, with an expected insurance payout of $US125 million. The company said it had identified a base case that targeted limited continuous-miner volumes in 2019 with longwall production beginning to ramp up in early 2020.  It will set a multi-phased re-ventilation and re-entry project in mot...

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Feb 08, 2019
Companies kick in cash towards flood recovery

Companies kick in cash towards flood recovery

South32 and Aurizon have become the latest companies to dig deep to help those affected by the North Queensland floods. South32 has announced it will donate $1 million to the flood recovery effort, a contribution welcomed by the Queensland Resources Council. QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said every dollar donated would help alleviate some of the pain Queenslanders were going through....

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Feb 08, 2019
MBA establishes awards in excellence

MBA establishes awards in excellence

Master Builders Australia has announced the establishment of new national excellence awards to celebrate and encourage business success and best practice.  MBA chief executive officer Denita Wawn said the National Business Leadership Awards would recognise business excellence in the $222 billion building and construction industry.  “Our members run successful businesses that boost l...

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Feb 08, 2019
Townsville counts the cost of catastrophic flooding

Townsville counts the cost of catastrophic flooding

Authorities have begun the task of assessing the full extent of damage from flooding which has wreaked havoc in Townsville. Townsville Local Disaster Management chairwoman, Jenny Hill, said the floods had eclipsed previous records for the city. “The Townsville floods were much bigger than a one-in-100-year event,” Cr Hill said. “A team of experts is currently analysing the data but...

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Feb 08, 2019
Flooding hits train loaded with zinc, lead and copper

Flooding hits train loaded with zinc, lead and copper

A stowed freight train laden with mineral products in North-West Queensland has been washed over. Queensland Rail chief executive officer Nick Easy said aerial inspections of flooding impacts to the Mount Isa Line by Queensland Rail had identified the incident at Nelia, in the McKinlay Shire. “The train had been stowed at the location since 31 January, as a precaution, due to heavy ra...

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Feb 07, 2019
FIFO families ride out flood crisis with help from friends

FIFO families ride out flood crisis with help from friends

Noel Irwin was hundreds of kilometres away in north-west Queensland as floodwaters lapped the carport of his family home in Kirwan, Townsville. Mr Irwin is among the workers at MMG Dugald River, 65km north-west of Cloncurry, where heavy rainfall has cut access roads out of the zinc mine. The engineering and planning superintendent was unable to return home to wife Kerry and the three daught...

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Feb 07, 2019
Abbot Point Operations report wetlands run-off

Abbot Point Operations report wetlands run-off

Adani Australia says flood water has been released into the Caley Valley Wetlands from its Abbot Point site near Bowen as extreme weather continues to batter North and Central Queensland. More than 700mm of rain, high winds and flash flooding had occurred throughout Bowen over the past fortnight the company said. Operations at Abbot Point Port were suspended early this week due to the extre...

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Feb 07, 2019
MMG donates $250,000 towards flood recovery

MMG donates $250,000 towards flood recovery

MMG has announced a $250,000 contribution to flood relief and recovery for the Cloncurry and Townsville regions, following the severe weather events in North Queensland. “Our region is still dealing with the consequences of the extreme weather events of the past week and a half,” Dugald River general manager Sam Rodda said. Sam Rodda. “Like the rest of Australia, we have ...

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Feb 07, 2019
State scrutiny for discharges at Capricorn Copper

State scrutiny for discharges at Capricorn Copper

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) plans to inspect the Capricorn Copper site in North-West Queensland after being alerted to recent discharges. A DES spokesman said Queensland’s north-western interior had received above average rainfall and the Department had been advised of recent discharges from three locations at that mine site, about 130km north of Mount Isa. “DES...

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Feb 07, 2019
Solar farm director to deliver progress update

Solar farm director to deliver progress update

The company behind a $400 million solar farm near Gladstone will unveil the latest information about the project next week. The Gladstone Engineering Alliance’s February Industry Update will feature representatives from Renew Estate, the company behind the Rodds Bay Solar Farm, and Orica Yarwun, who will highlight their procurement, maintenance and shutdown plans for 2019-20. Renew Es...

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Feb 07, 2019
More areas eligible for flood assistance

More areas eligible for flood assistance

The State Government has expanded its disaster relief program to areas affected by flooding. The Government has announced the local government areas of Carpentaria, Mornington, Winton and Yarrabah would now be eligible for assistance, which is in addition to that already activated for north and far north Queensland. The money will be provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-Queensla...

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