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Dec 03, 2018
Workforce walk-off at Townsville stadium site

Workforce walk-off at Townsville stadium site

Scores of workers have walked off Townsville’s NQ Stadium construction site today. It comes after the CFMEU on Friday issued a statement saying that Watpac had proven itself unfit to continue as lead contractor of the $300 million project. CFMEU state secretary Michael Ravbar said the patience and goodwill of workers and subcontractors on the project had been exhausted, and the government mu...

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Dec 03, 2018
Government welcomes improved payment terms

Government welcomes improved payment terms

The Federal Government has welcomed the decision by a number of mining companies to introduce 30-day payment terms for contractors and businesses. However, it said it would not rule out putting legislation in place to ensure all companies improved their payment terms. The Government’s Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources Committee handed down its report into mining today and said one ...

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Dec 03, 2018
Native title agreement reached on gold mine

Native title agreement reached on gold mine

Laneway Resources has cleared the final hurdle in its bid to gain a mining lease for the Agate Creek gold mine near Kidston in North Queensland. In an announcement to the ASX, Laneway Resources said it had reached a native title agreement with the Tatampi Puranga Aboriginal Corporation, which represents the area’s traditional owners, the Ewamian people. “The native title agreement rec...

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Dec 03, 2018
First shipment for $2.6b bauxite project

First shipment for $2.6b bauxite project

Rio Tinto’s $2.6 billion Amrun project on Cape York has achieved its first shipment of bauxite, six weeks ahead of schedule. At a ceremony on the Western Cape York Peninsula in far north Queensland, more than 80,000 tonnes of bauxite was loaded on to the RTM Weipa bound for Rio Tinto’s Yarwun alumina refinery in Gladstone. The Amrun operation will replace production from the depleting East Wei...

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Dec 02, 2018
Businesses have chance to cash in

Businesses have chance to cash in

Central Queensland businesses will have an opportunity this week to learn more about $800 million worth of work which will be up for grabs from next year. Gladstone Engineering Alliance acting chief executive officer Julie Gelder said contractor Laing O’Rourke had signed a contract to develop an international defence project in the central Queensland region worth about $800 million. Laing O’Ro...

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Nov 30, 2018
High-grade ‘bonanza’ at Cloncurry gold project

High-grade ‘bonanza’ at Cloncurry gold project

Ausmex believes it is sitting on ‘an absolute bonanza’ at its Golden Mile project near Cloncurry. Managing director Matt Morgan says the ground is riddled with high-grade workings, abandoned since the late 1930s. “There is a string of nine former mines, plus unmarked ones,” he said. “We’re just focusing on a small area and it is proving to be super high grade. “This has the potential...

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Nov 30, 2018
QPM reports success in nickel/cobalt process

QPM reports success in nickel/cobalt process

Pure Minerals has announced its subsidiary Queensland Pacific Metals has had success in producing samples of nickel and cobalt sulphate. QPM, which plans to build a plant in Townsville, would use the direct nickel process to process high-grade nickel and cobalt ore imported from New Caledonia, where it has an agreement with two supply partners. The direct nickel process produces an intermediate ni...

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Nov 29, 2018
Women in resources finalists announced

Women in resources finalists announced

The finalists in the 2019 Resources Awards for Women have been announced. The awards, run by the Queensland Resources Council and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland, recognise the leading women, as well as the work of men and women who promote gender diversity in the sector. They also recognise resource companies’ efforts to improve gender balance in their workforces. “These awards r...

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Nov 29, 2018
All systems go for Adani

All systems go for Adani

Adani has today announced the long-awaited green light for its Carmichael coal mine and rail project in central Queensland. It will be 100 per cent financed through the Adani Group’s resources, according to Adani Mining chief executive officer Lucas Dow. Mr Dow made the announcement today in Mackay and said construction and operation of the mine would now begin. “Our work in recent months ...

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Nov 29, 2018
Green light for Cairns shipping project

Green light for Cairns shipping project

The Federal Government has given the green light for the Cairns Shipping Development Project, signing off on the environmental impact statement. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the Cairns Shipping Development Project represented a key economic driver for not only Cairns and Far North Queensland but also for Northern Australia. He said the project would support thousands of jobs and create...

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Nov 28, 2018
Anglo moves on payment terms

Anglo moves on payment terms

Anglo American has confirmed it will formally move to a 30-day payment terms policy for all small and medium-sized businesses. Chief executive officer of Anglo American’s Metallurgical Coal business, Tyler Mitchelson, said the announcement formalised an existing practice within the company’s Australian operations, in a clear demonstration of support for regional businesses. “Anglo America...

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Nov 27, 2018
Call to step up protection for subcontractors

Call to step up protection for subcontractors

The Australian Subcontractors Association (ASA) is calling for the Federal Government to step up to assist Australian subcontractors facing insolvency due to building and construction companies’ failure to pay. The call comes after the collapse of one of Australia’s oldest engineering firms – RCR Tomlinson, expected to have a major impact on thousands of subbies. “When it comes to ...

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Nov 26, 2018
BHP acts on payment times

BHP acts on payment times

BHP has announced a change to its procurement policies, extending preferred payment terms of 30 days to all Australian businesses in areas deemed local from December 1. Coal business BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has agreed to implement the new terms, and asset president James Palmer said the decision was made following a period of engagement with suppliers, host communities, the Resource...

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Nov 25, 2018
NQ sparkies dominate national awards

NQ sparkies dominate national awards

North Queensland electricians took the spotlight at the Master Electricians Australia National Awards for Excellence. Electricians from North Queensland collected three of the eight awards in Brisbane on Saturday. Fourth-year apprentice Naomi Burke, from Horan & Bird in North Queensland, was named the Legrand Apprentice of the Year, in recognition of her enthusiasm, dedication to work and comm...

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Nov 24, 2018
Green light for $6.7b Galilee Basin coal mine

Green light for $6.7b Galilee Basin coal mine

Queensland’s co-ordinator-general has approved the $6.7 billion China Stone coal project in the Galilee Basin. MacMines Austasia proposes an open-cut and underground thermal coal operation 300km west of Mackay and 190km west of Moranbah. The project would produce up to 38 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of coal for export to the Asian market at its peak and the  mine life is expected to b...

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Nov 23, 2018
Construction project software takes Cairns innovation award

Construction project software takes Cairns innovation award

A Cairns builder’s revolutionary software design has been recognised in the Tropical North Queensland Innovation Awards. Allaro Homes won the Pipeline Innovation Award for its PropIntel software solutions, which can be used by project teams to provide a co-ordinated and visual approach to construction projects. The result of 10 years’ development, PropIntel comprises four software programs...

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Nov 23, 2018
Hilton Hotel application lodged for Townsville

Hilton Hotel application lodged for Townsville

Focus Pacific Australasia has lodged a development application for Townsville’s first high-end hotel in decades. The plans feature a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel which will stand seven storeys high and include 166 rooms, a pool, fine dining, a bar, gym and meeting rooms. Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the development application showed that the Townsville 2020 masterplan was providing businesse...

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Nov 22, 2018
Administrators called in at RCR Tomlinson

Administrators called in at RCR Tomlinson

Engineering company RCR Tomlinson has gone into administration. McGrathNicol Restructuring announced today that voluntary administrators had been appointed for the firm, which is involved in a raft of Queensland solar farm construction projects. It said the administrators were undertaking an assessment of the business and urgently seeking funding from the RCR Group’s financiers. “The admin...

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