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Jan 31, 2019
Townsville declared disaster zone as flooding continues

Townsville declared disaster zone as flooding continues

The State Government has declared a disaster situation for Townsville as heavy rain continues in what has been described as a once in 20-year event. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ordered all Townsville schools and childcare centres to close tomorrow. “We need to ensure everyone’s safety,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “The bureau’s advice is, if this monsoonal weather continues, the next f...

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Jan 31, 2019
Rockhampton in line for aquaculture development

Rockhampton in line for aquaculture development

Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow has welcomed the State Government’s focus on the region’s potential for saltwater aquaculture development. Casuarina Creek and Raglan Creek have been identified by the Department of Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries as being suitable for aquaculture projects. Cr Strelow said research into aquaculture was one of the council’s core u...

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Jan 31, 2019
More RCR Tomlinson assets acquired

More RCR Tomlinson assets acquired

NRW Holdings Limited has entered into an agreement with RCR Tomlinson to acquire the assets of RCR Mining and RCR Heat Treatment. NRW told the ASX today the $10 million purchase was expected to be completed within the next two weeks. RCR Mining and Heat Treatment form part of the original RCR Tomlinson business established over 100 years ago. RCR Tomlinson, which went into administratio...

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Jan 30, 2019
Flooding to continue warns weather bureau

Flooding to continue warns weather bureau

North Queensland has been warned to expect more heavy rain and flooding as a monsoon trough continues to strengthen. Bureau of Meteorology acting state manager for Queensland Dr Richard Wardle said the region was already seeing the impact of cumulative heavy falls, with a number of roads impassable and swift-water rescue teams on the ground in preparation for further rain. “A renewed...

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Jan 30, 2019
Tassal has big plans for Proserpine prawn farm

Tassal has big plans for Proserpine prawn farm

Australia’s largest aquaculture company plans to invest more than $30 million in rehabilitating and developing a prawn farm in Proserpine. Tassal, which acquired the site in 2018, said local suppliers and contractors would be a key focus for the company. Head of engagement for Tassal, Barbara McGregor, said civil works tenders had been received and contracts would be awarded from th...

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Jan 30, 2019
Spotlight on Burdekin construction projects

Spotlight on Burdekin construction projects

A Burdekin Industry Breakfast on February 6 will highlight opportunities on the Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade project and construction of a planned prawn farm. The Infrastructure Group (TIG) project manager Campbell McCall will present on planning for the $514.3 million Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade project. TIG is a joint venture between Bielby Holdings, BMD Constructions, JF Hull,...

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Jan 30, 2019
Thousands seeking work with Adani

Thousands seeking work with Adani

Carmichael coal proponent Adani Australia Mining says the list of people putting their names down to work for the operation has grown to 14,500. It is using the figures to back its calls for the Queensland Government to finalise approvals for the Central Queensland coal mine. “When you get 14,500 people wanting to work for you and most of these people come from Queensland, you would hope...

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Jan 29, 2019
Shortlist for Yeppoon rail precinct development

Shortlist for Yeppoon rail precinct development

The Queensland Government has shortlisted three potential development partners for the revitalisation of the Yeppoon’s heritage rail precinct, known as Station Quarter. Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said she understood a Request for Development Proposal stage would start in February, with each of the three shortlisted proponents invited to prepare a more detailed submission. “I am h...

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Jan 29, 2019
Research focuses on underground mining safety

Research focuses on underground mining safety

A Queensland university educator is conducting groundbreaking research aimed at improving safety in underground mining. Dr Ali Mirzaghorbanali, from the University of Southern Queensland, is looking at how to prevent structural collapse in underground mining and likens his work in geotechnical engineering to digging at the beach.As sand is removed on a beach, more immediately collapses back in...

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Jan 29, 2019
Liebherr launches new crane for civil industries

Liebherr launches new crane for civil industries

Liebherr will use the Bauma 2019 trade fair in April to present a new fast-erecting crane, the 125 K. The new machine has been specially developed for civil engineering requirements such as road traffic bridges and commercial as well as industrial building construction. With a radius of 55m and a maximum hook height of 65.5m, the manufacturer says it is the largest fast-erecting crane on ...

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Jan 29, 2019
Disruption the new normal in mining says Deloitte

Disruption the new normal in mining says Deloitte

Deloitte says miners must rethink their strategies in an everchanging market , as it releases its annual Tracking the Trends report. The mining industry is poised for greater growth than has been seen in the last decade, but companies must navigate a market characterised by constant disruption and changing community expectations, the report reveals. “Mining companies really need to broade...

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Jan 28, 2019
Stadium project under scrutiny

Stadium project under scrutiny

The State Government has confirmed it has an audit underway into the $250 million North Queensland Stadium project being led by contractor Watpac. The CFMEU issued a statement today saying the government was belatedly acting on documentation provided by the union supporting claims of under award payments and sham contracting on the Townsville job. CFMEU organiser Kane Lowth said while the a...

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Jan 27, 2019
Accelerator program for CQ industry innovators

Accelerator program for CQ industry innovators

Innovative businesses in the Rockhampton region will have an opportunity to commercialise their ideas thanks to a new CQ Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) Accelerator Program. The program is funded by the Queensland Government, Rockhampton Regional Council and METS Ignited. It offers 10 places to start-ups or scale-ups who have an innovative, cost -saving or production effici...

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Jan 25, 2019
Resolute funds new school to pave way for gold expansion

Resolute funds new school to pave way for gold expansion

Resolute Mining will spend about $8.5 million to shift and reconstruct the State School at Ravenswood. The company said its agreement with the Education Department would allow it to progress development activities at Buck Reef West as part of the Ravenswood Expansion Project, which will extend mining at the local gold mine to at least 2032. The new school will comprise the relocation of t...

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Jan 25, 2019
Fast track for $1.4b Sconi mining development

Fast track for $1.4b Sconi mining development

The State Government has declared the $1.4 billion Sconi project near Greenvale in North Queensland as a prescribed project. Prescribed project status will help streamline approvals and fast-track the development. Construction is anticipated to start this year, with proponent Australian Mines set to open a regional office in either Townsville, Charters Towers or Greenval...

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Jan 25, 2019
Milestone for Townsville pipeline project

Milestone for Townsville pipeline project

The first pipes for Townsville’s new water pipeline have been installed. Local firm NQ Excavations has started installing the 1.8-metre diameter pipe on one section of the pipeline alignment. Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill described it as a huge milestone for the $215 million Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project. “The first pipes for the pipeline are being carefully installed by lo...

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Jan 24, 2019
Adani moves ahead with access road work

Adani moves ahead with access road work

Adani Mining says it has started roadworks for the Carmichael mine site under current legal approvals. Work has commenced on grid by-passes, which will allow larger machinery and equipment to be transported to site. Adani Mining chief executive officer Lucas Dow said the works were permitted under its current approvals and would also benefit future mines in the Galilee Basin. “The r...

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Jan 24, 2019
MCA fears further regulation of coastal shipping

MCA fears further regulation of coastal shipping

The Minerals Council of Australia today warned that any proposal to further regulate coastal shipping would drive up costs by reducing competition. MCA chief executive officer Tania Constable said it continued to support the continued liberalisation of coastal shipping. Ms Constable was responding to a report in The Australian newspaper which suggested that the Maritime Union of Australia e...

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