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Aug 22, 2019
Report highlights the affect of flooding

Report highlights the affect of flooding

MMG has lauded the performance of staff in the face of natural disaster challenges. The company has reported its interim financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2019, producing 215,527 tonnes of copper and 114,080 tonnes of zinc across all operations. Performance was affected in part by severe flooding on the site of the Dugald River operation in north west Queensland, said CEO ...

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Aug 22, 2019
Royalties relief to encourage Century growth

Royalties relief to encourage Century growth

The Palaszczuk Government will supercharge the ramp up of the $150 million Century Zinc Mine, supporting more than 260 construction and 240 operational roles, after negotiating a royalty deferral agreement with miner New Century Resources. This is the first Royalty Deferral and Repayment Agreementto be negotiated under the Resources Regional Development Framework (RRDF) and will provide a prec...

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Aug 22, 2019
Rebranding marks new era for Ausdrill

Rebranding marks new era for Ausdrill

Mining services group Ausdrill is adopting a new brand and identity: Perenti. Managing director Mark Norwell said the change was a natural step given the evolution of the business. “Over the past year there has been transformational change within the group,” he said. “We have doubled our revenue through the acquisition of Barminco, developed a new strategy and implement...

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Aug 22, 2019
BPEQ calls for change in the building sector

BPEQ calls for change in the building sector

The shortcomings in the building sector highlighted by the Four Corners’ report Cracking Up reinforced the need for engineers to be involved throughout the building project life cycle, a Queensland peak body says. Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) Chairman Dawson Wilkie also stressed the need for other States and Territories to follow Queenslands lead and adopt registratio...

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Aug 21, 2019
Move for Queensland mine safety inquiry thwarted

Move for Queensland mine safety inquiry thwarted

The Queensland Parliament has voted down an LNP move to establish a three-month inquiry into mine safety. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said a parliamentary inquiry would divert tripartite attention, commitment, time and resources from progressing immediate and important initiatives to improve mine worker safety. “Every action the Opposition has detailed for their proposed inquiry is a...

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Aug 21, 2019
Call to shun and shame mining’s ‘fair weather friends’

Call to shun and shame mining’s ‘fair weather friends’

Federal Resources Minister Resources Matt Canavan has blasted engineering company Aurecon for its ‘weak as piss’ move to break ties with Adani. The mining sector needed to shun and shame companies like Aurecon who were clearly only fair weather friends, Senator Canavan said. He said the company was treating people like mugs with its explanations for the move, which comes after ...

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Aug 21, 2019
Transport spend revitalises  civil engineering sector

Transport spend revitalises civil engineering sector

Engineering and civil construction activity is set to expand strongly in the next few years thanks to the roll-out of major government-led transport infrastructure, a new report shows. Master Builders chief economist Shane Garrett said the Master Builders Australia Forecasts: 2019/20 to 2023/24 report showed that sector notching up its strongest performance since the mining investment b...

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Aug 21, 2019
Union class action takes aim at coal job casualisation

Union class action takes aim at coal job casualisation

The CFMEU has filed a class action against labour hire firm Workpac for unpaid entitlements for coal miners throughout Australia whom it says were misclassified as casuals. The class action, filed by national law firm Slater & Gordon on behalf of the CFMEU Mining and Energy Division, will aim to recover entitlements owing to about 600 union members employed by WorkPac since 2013. It ...

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Aug 21, 2019
Mastermyne wins $95m contract to bring Aquila online

Mastermyne wins $95m contract to bring Aquila online

Mastermyne Group is mobilising resources to start work under a $95 million contract for the Aquila project. The Anglo American Board last month gave the go-ahead for the $415 million-plus Aquila coal project to extend the life of the Capcoal underground operations in Central Queensland. Mastermyne chief executive officer Tony Caruso said the mothballed bord and pillar mine was be...

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Aug 21, 2019
Wolff adopts autonomous drilling technology

Wolff adopts autonomous drilling technology

Building on the success of their semi-autonomous tractor system (SATS) technology, Wolff Mining is moving into autonomous drills. Wolff, now part of the National Group, has an established partnership with CAT and Hastings Deering through the deployment of CAT’s Command for Dozing module at Central Queensland’s Curragh mine. Wolff Mining business development manager Leon Williamso...

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Aug 21, 2019
JV work off and running at Horn Island

JV work off and running at Horn Island

Alice Queen has started work at the Horn Island gold project under its new joint venture with St Barbara. The company said planning had been completed for the first two joint venture work programs. The priority is drill target generation for large-scale intrusion-related gold systems. An infill soils sampling program is underway, with a geophysical induced polarisation survey to follow. ...

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Aug 21, 2019
Pink sets the tone for inclusion at Mendi Group

Pink sets the tone for inclusion at Mendi Group

Pink is the colour of the week at the Mendi Group, with a campaign to recognise women in construction and raise money for local charities. More than $40,000 has been raised over the past two years, with Mendi Group targeting another $10,000 this year for 2019 recipients Unlock the Lachs and Sky Foundation.                                             ...

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Aug 21, 2019
Engineering firm parts ways with Adani Australia

Engineering firm parts ways with Adani Australia

Aurecon has notified Adani Australia that it will finalise its working association with the company, ending a relationship with Abbot Point Terminal that spanned more than two decades. The Indian-owned Adani, which is also behind the controversial Carmichael mine project in Central Queensland, has expressed surprise at the move. “While we are surprised by the decision, given the positive ...

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Aug 20, 2019
Civil contractors gear up for state awards night

Civil contractors gear up for state awards night

BMD Constructions’ Riverway Drive duplication work and Georgiou Group’s Warrego Highway upgrade project are among the contenders for this year’s Queensland Earth Awards. The Civil Contractors Federation-run Excellence in Civil Construction Awards will be presented at The Star Gold Coast on Friday (August 23). Civil Contractors Federation Queensland chief executive officer...

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Aug 20, 2019
New powers to crack down on protest actions

New powers to crack down on protest actions

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the State Government’s announcement of new powers to crack down on disruptive activists. A new offence will be created aimed at stopping dangerous devices being used by protesters to shut down public thoroughfares and infrastructure. This new offence will make it illegal to possess such devices. And police will have the power to sear...

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Aug 20, 2019
Waterfront cargo shed set for $1m upgrade

Waterfront cargo shed set for $1m upgrade

More than $1 million will be spent upgrading the Ports North cargo shed at Main Wharf on Thursday Island to improve infrastructure at the port. The contract for the works, expected to be carried out over the next three months, has been awarded to local company Matt Birney Builders. “We congratulate the company, which has a base on Thursday Island and engages local employees to carry out b...

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Aug 20, 2019
Douglas Shire showcases capital works program

Douglas Shire showcases capital works program

Contractor EDMS has started replacing the roof at the old Craiglie Reservoir in Douglas Shire, as what the local council describes as an exciting period of capital works investment kicks into gear. Douglas Shire Council is fixing roof structural issues at the reservoir in a $2.6 million project that also includes interior surface repair and improvements to the chlorination dosing system. Th...

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Aug 20, 2019
Data gold for koala rescue

Data gold for koala rescue

Geoscience has been employed to help reduce injury and death among koalas in south-east Queensland. Currumbin Wildlife Hospital (CWH), the county’s and one of the world’s largest rescue and rehabilitation hospitals, is using data collection techniques also used for mineral exploration to pin-point the where, when and how of Koala trauma. The pilot study has been delivered by Townsville-...

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