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Apr 15, 2019
Palmer pledge to pay former Queensland Nickel workers

Palmer pledge to pay former Queensland Nickel workers

Businessman and politician Clive Palmer has announced his intentions to pay unpaid workers’ entitlements at Queensland Nickel. In making the announcement, Mr Palmer blamed administrators for the situation, saying neither he nor his companies had been responsible for the dismissal of workers from the Yabulu refinery outside Townsville in 2016. Clive Palmer. “Considering the floods and c...

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Apr 15, 2019
New Century ramp-up continues

New Century ramp-up continues

New Century Resources is continuing to ramp up zinc operations at the Century mine in North-West Queensland, reporting an average zinc recovery rate of 50 per cent in the plant for March 2019. Recovery rates peaked at 54 per cent – which is 86 per cent of the design target. The site produced 18,170 tonnes of zinc metal in 37,500 tonnes of concentrate in the first quarter of 2019, ...

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Apr 14, 2019
Urannah Dam funds pledge

Urannah Dam funds pledge

The Liberal Nationals Government has pledged up to $10 million to progress the Urannah Dam, north-west of Mackay, to be ‘shovel ready’. Member for Dawson George Christensen said the Urannah Dam project had been on the cards for years and this investment was a major step in progressing the project. “The Urannah Dam project will be a game changer for the region and progressing th...

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Apr 14, 2019
Switch on to our next-gen workforce’s wants

Switch on to our next-gen workforce’s wants

They were raised in an era of social media saturation and are used to flicking from one activity to the next. Meet Generation Z, the latest cohort entering the workforce. So how do employers attract and retain workers from this demographic, born between 1995 and 2009? Australian social researcher Claire Madden, author of Hello Gen Z, has some tips for tapping into what this group has to off...

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Apr 13, 2019
Project promotes coal ahead of federal election

Project promotes coal ahead of federal election

Resource Industry Network has launched an advocacy project aimed at delivering the facts about the coal mining industry. The Mackay-based organisation’s campaign is called ‘For the Future of our Region’ and will deliver a range of information that ensures the community is informed about the issues ahead of the May 18 federal election and beyond. The project includes the development...

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Apr 13, 2019
Towers mining model a window to another era

Towers mining model a window to another era

It is a unique insight to the ground beneath the gold city of Charters Towers, passed down from an era before computer modelling. A 1930s plate glass model of the ore bodies and workings of the area has been taken out of storage and is set to be restored to its former glory. The broken model consists of a box with slots for sheets of glass carrying fine markings to build a layered 3D pictur...

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Apr 12, 2019
Ring road contractor collapse sparks concern

Ring road contractor collapse sparks concern

The collapse of a Mackay Ring Road sub-contractor has sparked concern for suppliers and employees. Multifix was engaged by CPB Contractors, who are building Stage 1 of the project, and has gone into voluntary administration. Mackay MP and Assistant Minister for State Development Julieanne Gilbert said CPB had suspended the subcontractor from site due to alleged non-compliance with the Aust...

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Apr 12, 2019
Freight hub fix for disrupted rail traffic

Freight hub fix for disrupted rail traffic

A temporary intermodal facility is on track to open at Hughenden early next week while rail repairs continue west of Richmond on the flood-damaged Mount Isa line. The facility will allow freight operators to transfer containerised freight from truck to train at that point for rail transport into Townsville. Chief executive officer Nick Easy said Queensland Rail had been working with freigh...

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Apr 12, 2019
Smithfield Bypass construction rolls out

Smithfield Bypass construction rolls out

Construction is underway on the $152 million Smithfield Bypass project, led by the Highway Albem Joint Venture. Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said the project would significantly reduce traffic on the Captain Cook Highway (CCH) by diverting through traffic on to the new bypass and supporting jobs. “This is a project that is supporting jobs for Far North Queenslanders, and for the d...

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Apr 11, 2019
Politicians challenged to back coal workers’ pledge

Politicians challenged to back coal workers’ pledge

CFMEU Mining & Energy’s Queensland District is calling on federal election candidates to make a pledge backing coal and the workers the industry supports. It has also appealed to stop turning mining proposals like Adani’s Carmichael coal project becoming ‘political footballs’. “Coal mining plays an important role in Queensland’s economy and we need political represent...

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Apr 11, 2019
Promising results as battery plant study continues

Promising results as battery plant study continues

Magnis Energy Technologies has provided an update on the feasibility study for a 15 GWh lithium-ion cell manufacturing facility in Townsville. The project is expected to create 750 jobs in high technology manufacturing. Ausenco is overseeing process development for the proposed plant and the GHD office in Townsville is overseeing site development and building design. Initial findings...

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Apr 11, 2019
Blast-off at Agate Creek

Blast-off at Agate Creek

Mining has started at Laneway Resources’ Agate Creek gold project, where the first ore blast took place yesterday afternoon. Ore is being mined and stockpiled at the site, about 40km south of Forsayth and 60km west of Kidston in North Queensland. It is expected to be transported to Maroon Gold’s Blackjack processing plant at Charters Towers from this weekend. Maroon Gold has been app...

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Apr 11, 2019
Car carrier makes Townsville its first stop

Car carrier makes Townsville its first stop

Townsville was the first port of call this week for a new 199m vessel out of Japan. The car carrier Niagara Highway arrived in port on Wednesday on its first voyage from the ship yard in Yokohama, Japan, unloading 250 motor vehicles over multi-cargo Berth 4. Constructed by Imabari Shipbuilding Co, Niagara Highway sets a new standard in the K Line fleet. Offering high adaptability with v...

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Apr 10, 2019
Townsville Enterprise to lead Hells Gates Dam business case

Townsville Enterprise to lead Hells Gates Dam business case

Townsville Enterprise Limited has been tasked with completing a comprehensive business case for the Hells Gates Dam project, north-west of Townsville . The move was announced in Townsville today and falls under a $500 million expansion of the Federal Government’s National Water Infrastructure Development Fund to more than $1 billion. Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development...

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Apr 10, 2019
Building industry taskforce to visit regional centres

Building industry taskforce to visit regional centres

The Special Joint Taskforce investigating allegations of fraudulent behaviour in Queensland’s building industry has today confirmed details of its visits to key regional centres. Minister for Housing and Public Works, Mick de Brenni, said the taskforce would visit Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba. “Non-payment affects tradies right ac...

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Apr 10, 2019
Housing plan to woo workers

Housing plan to woo workers

Dugald River operator MMG is working to increase housing stock in the Cloncurry area in a bid to attract and retain a larger locally-based workforce. MMG Dugald River general manager Sam Rodda said the company had signed an MOU with Cloncurry Shire Council to look into potential housing development projects. “What we have said to them is that for us to attract and maintain a larger local wo...

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Apr 09, 2019
CDE offers up Combo value for processing industry

CDE offers up Combo value for processing industry

CDE has launched an all-in-one wet processing plant at the Bauma trade fair in Munich. The Combo encompasses five processes – feeding, sizing, sand washing, stockpiling and complete integrated water management. CDE describe the development as a first for the industry and an important innovation to address a challenge faced by all customers of wet processing systems. “The Combo is n...

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Apr 09, 2019
MineX to showcase industry’s biggest and best products

MineX to showcase industry’s biggest and best products

The latest and very best in products, services and technology will be highlighted at the MineX event in Mount Isa next month. One of eastern Australia’s largest biennial mining and engineering-based exhibitions will be held from May 30 to June 1 at Buchanan Park. Exhibitors from across the country and overseas have locked in their sites, with organisers Commerce North West noting “n...

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