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Feb 07, 2019
QRC thanks Glencore for digging deep

QRC thanks Glencore for digging deep

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed a $1 million donation from Glencore to North Queensland residents affected by flooding. The announcement came as the miner reported ‘short-term production impacts’ from heavy rain at its northernmost Bowen Basin coal mines – Collinsville and Newlands. “Controlled operations currently continue across our North Queensland c...

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Feb 06, 2019
QRC welcomes rise in exports

QRC welcomes rise in exports

Latest figures show 2018 was a resurgent year for the state’s resources exports, according to the Queensland Resources Council. QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the value of resources exports rose by more than 15 per cent in 2018.He said the stellar figures, based on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, reinforced the importance of the state’s commodity exports to all...

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Feb 06, 2019
Boral’s game-changer for road surfacing

Boral’s game-changer for road surfacing

Boral has unveiled a new road surfacing truck promising to revolutionise the method of spray seal road construction in Australia. The new Boral FMAS, a Forward Moving Aggregate Spreader, disperses aggregate from the front of the truck via a conveyor belt and spreader box. Usually this process involved road crews working with reversing trucks that applied the aggregate through an elev...

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Feb 05, 2019
Push to keep flood repair work local

Push to keep flood repair work local

The North Queensland Civil Construction Association has sought an undertaking from State Government that local contractors be given preference for infrastructure repair works in the wake of the flood disaster. While a government spokesman said it was too early to put a price on the extent of damage, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has commented that it will be in the hundreds of millions of doll...

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Feb 05, 2019
Flooded Flinders River a dam fine site

Flooded Flinders River a dam fine site

The mighty flow in the Flinders River this week has highlighted the potential power of a planned 400,000 megalitre dam and hydroelectricity project for Hughenden. Seeing the river in flood this week, HIPCo chair Shane McCarthy couldn’t help remark that it was a shame the project hadn’t been able to start two years ago. The Hughenden Irrigation Project Corporation (HIPCo) is continu...

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Feb 05, 2019
Bruce Highway open, but other routes flooded

Bruce Highway open, but other routes flooded

The Bruce Highway has re-opened either side of Townsville, but other routes remain flooded. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said authorities opened access for heavy vehicles overnight before re-opening the Bruce Highway to all traffic north and south of Townsville at 10.30am today. “All traffic is now moving freely both north and south, which will certainly be welcome news for these communi...

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Feb 05, 2019
Interest rate bait – buyers get hooked

Interest rate bait – buyers get hooked

Centrepoint Finance consultant Tim Matchett. Column by Tim Matchett So many businesses get caught on the interest rate bait thrown out by equipment dealers in their efforts to move new gear. Unfortunately, the zero and 1.5 per cent interest rates that are cast around are generally achieved by inflating the sale price of new equipment to make up the difference between the “Bait Rate...

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Feb 05, 2019
Help offered to businesses affected by flooding

Help offered to businesses affected by flooding

The State Government is implementing relief measures to help Townsville’s small businesses impacted by the severe flooding. Minister for Employment and Small Business, Shannon Fentiman, welcomed the activation of “Category B disaster assistance” for small business affected by the monsoon event. “Business owners in Townsville are experiencing significant rainfall and flooding...

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Feb 05, 2019
Satellites allow for accurate flood mapping

Satellites allow for accurate flood mapping

University of New South Wales researchers are providing accurate maps of the Townsville flood frontier within an hour using the latest satellite radar imaging technology. Record-breaking floods threatening North Queensland are being mapped by the Sydney researchers to provide snapshots of rising floodwaters, where previously such images were slow to produce and were hampered by poor visib...

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Feb 05, 2019
Hutchinson wins Cairns Airport contract

Hutchinson wins Cairns Airport contract

Hutchinson Builders have been awarded the contract for the T2 Domestic Terminal upgrade project at Cairns Airport. The first stage of the $55 million project will commence on February 11, with the project due for completion at the end of 2020.    Cairns Airport chief executive officer Norris Carter said the awarding of the contract to Hutchinson Builders was in keeping with the commitment...

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Feb 05, 2019
Chief geologist welcomes latest coal estimates

Chief geologist welcomes latest coal estimates

A recent geological report has confirmed Queensland’s reputation as a resource-rich region, according to the government’s chief geologist. The report, which was released on December 10, showed that Queensland was sitting on double the amount of coal than previously estimated. It revealed that Queensland had 63 billion tonnes of raw coal in-situ, which was an increase of about 29...

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Feb 05, 2019
Supply opportunities in local government

Supply opportunities in local government

From culvert maintenance to cleaning, telecommunications to turf supply and more, below is a range of tender opportunities available with regional councils this week: Closing on Description Category Tue, 05 February 2019 2:00 PM SDRC008384: 19_093 Depot Road NDRRA Betterment  Issued by Southern Downs Regional Council Building and Facility Construc...

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Feb 04, 2019
State checks in on Yabulu tailings as flooding continues

State checks in on Yabulu tailings as flooding continues

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) says it is closely monitoring tailings storage at the Yabulu refinery as Townsville suffers severe flooding. A spokeswoman said DES staff had consulted with Queensland Nickel Sales staff today (February 4). “QNS reported that its tailings storage facility dam still had capacity to receive approximately 1129 mm of rainfall,” she sa...

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Feb 04, 2019
NQ deluge continues

NQ deluge continues

The Ross River Dam spillway gates remain open to their maximum setting in Townsville today, releasing up to 1900 cubic metres of water per second. The Townsville Local Disaster Management Group warned residents in flood-affected suburbs that Ross River flooding was expected to peak around 11am and last until at least midnight. Flooding in Railway Estate, Townsville. Homes in Rosslea, H...

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Feb 02, 2019
Townsville hit by ‘unprecedented’ weather event

Townsville hit by ‘unprecedented’ weather event

Residents of Townsville and surrounding areas are continuing to deal with a weather event Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today described as “unprecedented”. “We have not seen this (type of) scenario before,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “Some of the catchment levels are unprecedented.” Ms Palaszczuk said the next 24 to 48 hours would be crucial for To...

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Feb 01, 2019
QRC welcomes revised coal estimates

QRC welcomes revised coal estimates

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed a report which shows that untapped coal deposits in Queensland were almost double the amount of previous estimates. The State Government geological report found Queensland’s untapped coal deposits amounted to 63 billion tonnes of raw coal, an increase of close to 29 billion tonnes on the previous estimate.  “Our cities and our regions have...

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Feb 01, 2019
Big jump in mining, resource and energy job ads

Big jump in mining, resource and energy job ads

The mining, resource and energy sector was the star performer in Australia’s 2018 employment market, according to the latest figures from SEEK. SEEK’s job ad data shows that 2018 was a strong year for the Australian employment market, with new job ads up 8.6 per cent over the 12 months. Across all industries, the average advertised salary increased by 3.9 per cent. Nationally Min...

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Feb 01, 2019
Exploration tender winners announced

Exploration tender winners announced

The State Government today announced which companies have won minerals and coal tenders for exploration work in Queensland. The companies have won State Government approval to begin exploring in the North West Minerals Province and the Bowen and Surat basins. “Unlocking land for resource exploration, whether it is to uncover coal, gas or minerals, is vital to continuing resource developme...

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