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Jun 26, 2019
Airport runway and roads key Central Highlands works

Airport runway and roads key Central Highlands works

The Central Highlands Regional Council has adopted its $218 million 2019/20 budget, with a $72.3 million capital works program. This includes $16 million committed to resurfacing the Emerald Airport runway and $9.51 million for rehabilitation and re-sheeting works on council’s sealed and unsealed road network. Other big-ticket operational items include $1.5 million for the preparation of a ...

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Jun 26, 2019
Milestone for Rocky courthouse upgrade

Milestone for Rocky courthouse upgrade

Construction work on the $12 million Rockhampton Courthouse upgrade has passed the halfway mark, with the new level two balcony now fully enclosed and other significant areas close to being finished. Works on the upgrade began last October under principal contractor Hutchinson Builders. Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said 90 per cent of the new windows had now been installed, while t...

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Jun 26, 2019
Building industry calls for action over insurance crisis

Building industry calls for action over insurance crisis

Construction industry leaders are urging Federal, State and Territory Governments to act now as the certifiers who are needed to sign-off new buildings struggle to find insurance. Master Builders Australia chief executive officer Denita Wawn said up to 30 per cent of insurance renewals for building certifiers and surveyors may not be renewed as early as July. Construction activity would gri...

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Jun 25, 2019
Douglas Shire back in black

Douglas Shire back in black

Douglas Shire Council has handed down its first budget surplus since de-amalgamation, when it wore a $5.2 million deficit upon parting ways with Cairns Regional Council. The 2019/20 Budget details the council’s aim to report an operating surplus of $179,332. The $45.15 million budget will inject a further $15.34 million worth of projects and plans to achieve 45 operational initiatives. ...

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Jun 25, 2019
Roundtable call after court rules against government solar regulations

Roundtable call after court rules against government solar regulations

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has asked the Electrical Safety Commissioner to convene an urgent industry roundtable on safety in large-scale solar farms. It comes after the Court of Appeal dismissed the government’s application to overturn a recent ruling invalidating solar farm safety regulations which came into effect last month. The regulations in question require licen...

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Jun 25, 2019
Civil opportunities in Townsville council budget

Civil opportunities in Townsville council budget

The Townsville City Council 2019/20 budget totals $409 million in infrastructure and capital projects. A big part is allocated to civil projects. More than $89 million will be spent fixing, maintaining and building new roads, pathways and bus stops, said Mayor Jenny Hill. It includes a $1.6 million upgrade of Ogden St and $2.5 million for road renewals on another 19 roads across Townsville...

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Jun 25, 2019
Isaac council unveils $51.4m capital works program

Isaac council unveils $51.4m capital works program

Isaac Regional Council’s $51.4 million capital program in 2019/20 will be directed to improving infrastructure and supporting active and attractive communities, says Mayor Anne Baker. Big ticket items include stage one of the Theresa Creek Dam water storage project and completion of the $16 million Pasha Road upgrade. The 2019/20 Budget includes $27.4 million for roadworks, $6.2 mill...

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Jun 25, 2019
Red River turns focus to next Thalanga project area

Red River turns focus to next Thalanga project area

Base metals producer Red River Resources has started a 5000m drill program at the Liontown project within its Thalanga operations, south-west of Charters Towers. The Liontown project is Red River’s largest mineral resource at Thalanga, estimated at 3.6Mt at 10 per cent zinc. The company presently mines from the West 45 deposit at Thalanga and is developing its Far West project, with first ...

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Jun 25, 2019
Supply opportunities in local government

Supply opportunities in local government

From multi-tyred rollers to pavement rehabilitation, water supply to wild dog control and more, below is a range of current tender opportunities with Queensland regional councils. Closing on Description Issued By Wed, 26 June 2019 2:00 PM CHRC008844: Gravel Pits Compliance Strategy  Central Highlands Regional Council Wed, 26 June 2019 2:00 PM...

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Jun 25, 2019
Road and water projects key Budget items for Burdekin

Road and water projects key Budget items for Burdekin

Roads are high on the priority list as Burdekin Shire Council releases a Budget with a $19.9 million capital works program for 2019/20. The council has also funded a $3.3 million project to secure the Home Hill water supply with construction of a five megalitre storage reservoir Mayor Lyn McLaughlin (below) said about a third of the $19.9 million capital works spend would be allocated to t...

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Jun 24, 2019
AMMA push for industrial relations reform

AMMA push for industrial relations reform

The Australian Mines and Metals Association has backed moves to review the nation’s industrial relations framework, with a view to cut red tape, address inefficiencies and unnecessary costs of the system.  Chief executive Steve Knott said it was clear that Australia’s industrial relations system was failing employers, employees and the economy. He was commenting after Prime Minister Sc...

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Jun 24, 2019
Online guide to $135b major project pipeline

Online guide to $135b major project pipeline

Construction Skills Queensland is showcasing about $135 billion worth of major project opportunities throughout the state with an online ‘Knowledge Centre’. The interactive online platform includes snapshots of the committed or planned projects on a region-by-region basis and forecast annual growth in construction activity. North West Queensland has $284.6 million worth of commi...

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Jun 24, 2019
Toowoomba council lays out 2019/20 spending plan

Toowoomba council lays out 2019/20 spending plan

Toowoomba Regional Council has adopted its 2019-20 Operational Plan, Budget and Revenue Statement including a capital infrastructure outlay of $211 million. Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said the council’s $548 million financial plan would maintain and upgrade existing services and facilities while planning for a brighter future for current and successive generations. “Council remain...

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Jun 24, 2019
State spending smarts questioned

State spending smarts questioned

Budget wins would be hollow if project funds went to line the pockets of contractors outside regional areas said The North Queensland Civil Contractors Association. Cairns registered the largest percentage budget increase outside Brisbane according to Cummings Economics. It was up from a low per capita level, said Principal Bill Cummings. The increase for the Cairns regional area was up ...

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Jun 24, 2019
Public input open for $1b coal mine plans

Public input open for $1b coal mine plans

Whitehaven Coal’s proposed $1 billion Winchester South mine,  30km south-east of Moranbah, has hit a new milestone. Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General has released draft terms of reference for the project’s environmental impact statement (EIS). It comes after the Queensland Government’s announcement in April that Winchester South would be declared a co-ordinated project, st...

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Jun 23, 2019
Anti-ice movement mobilises in Far North Queensland

Anti-ice movement mobilises in Far North Queensland

A new Walk Against Ice event will be held in Cairns as part of the Australian Anti Ice Campaign’s launch into Far North Queensland. The Combined Rotary Clubs of Cairns and the Cairns Chamber of Commerce have partnered with AAIC for the event. The Rotary Clubs have also provided direct financial sponsorships towards the cost of AAIC’s High School Anti Ice Education Workshops, which are sche...

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Jun 23, 2019
Potent drug a growing menace in regional Qld

Potent drug a growing menace in regional Qld

Fentanyl use in regional Queensland is high, and consistently rising, according to a major workplace drug testing agency. Safework Laboratories national toxicologist Phil Tynan said this was a concern considering the major issues the powerful opioid was causing in the United States, where it is a leading cause of drug-related deaths. It is the drug that killed pop star Prince, who had an “e...

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Jun 22, 2019
Refinery proponent adds $2m to coffers as plans advance

Refinery proponent adds $2m to coffers as plans advance

Townsville refinery proponent Pure Minerals (PM1) has raised $2.1 million in a share placement. It comes as PM1 subsidiary Queensland Pacific Metals reports progress on its $415 million battery materials project, known as the Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub (TECH) Project. Lead engineer for the TECH pre-feasibility study, Lycopodium Minerals, remains n track to complete that work in the thi...

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