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Jun 21, 2019
Tower failures ignite push for reform

Tower failures ignite push for reform

The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) has called on the development industry to commit to higher building standards, saying public faith in apartment towers is at a tipping point. PIA chief executive officer David Williams said concerns over poor-quality construction – dramatically underlined by the evacuation of the Opal and Mascot Towers in Sydney – have the potential to discourage apar...

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Jun 21, 2019
Key appointment as company seeks to fast-track Isaac River project

Key appointment as company seeks to fast-track Isaac River project

Bowen Coking Coal has appointed former Stanmore Coal executive Michael McKee as chief operating officer as the company works to fast-track development of its Isaac River project. Mr McKee has more than 35 years’ experience in mining, including involvement in the restart of the Isaac Plains mine and commencement of production at the Sonoma and Minerva open pit coal mines. “We are for...

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Jun 21, 2019
July release for battery proponents

July release for battery proponents

A feasibility study underwriting the proposal for a battery factory in Townsville is due for wider release at the end of July. The Queensland Government, which is supporting the study with a $3.1 million grant, will have the document first, said Senior Development Manager at Boston Global, Jason Shepherd. The project proponent, Imperium 3 (iM3), is an international joint venture led by Bos...

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Jun 21, 2019
The Strand attracts more property investment

The Strand attracts more property investment

Townsville City Council has revealed details of a developer’s plans for a new multi-storey unit and dining complex on The Strand. Lachlan Bell Consulting has lodged plans to build a seven-storey unit complex and a two-storey building with an eatery and bar on the corner of The Strand and Kennedy Street. The development proposal includes 11 three-bedroom apartments, one two-bedroom uni...

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Jun 21, 2019
Trail wins $36m funding

Trail wins $36m funding

Douglas Shire Council has welcomed a $36 million commitment from the State Government to fund the whole Wangetti Trail project. The 94km trail will offer a six-day walking or two-day riding experience, and is expected to create up to 150 jobs and inject up to $300 million into the economy as an ecotourism attraction. Construction on the new Mowbray River crossing and the trail north to Port...

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Jun 21, 2019
Gold Fields goes green with energy in mining first

Gold Fields goes green with energy in mining first

A Western Australian gold mine will be the first Australian mine to be powered by a wind, solar, battery and gas microgrid, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) says. ARENA has announced $13.5 million in funding to the Gold Fields Group for the development of a high penetration renewable microgrid at its Agnew Gold Mine. ARENA chief executive officer Darren Miller said this proj...

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Jun 20, 2019
Bumper Aussie gold prices

Bumper Aussie gold prices

Gold prices have topped the $2000 an ounce mark in Australian currency for the first time. The gold price in US dollars today hit its highest since 2013, rising to $US1379 an ounce in early US trading. The surge in prices lifted share prices for Australian gold miners on the ASX, including Evolution Mining – which saw its share price rise 7.1 per cent to close at $4.39. Newcrest Mi...

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Jun 20, 2019
Funding to arm communities against flood damage

Funding to arm communities against flood damage

Expressions of interest have been called for $114.5 million in funding to help communities impacted by the North and Far North Queensland monsoon trough make repairs and build more resilient infrastructure. Federal Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the $100 million Betterment Fund and the $14.5 million Water and Sewerage Infrastructure Program w...

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Jun 20, 2019
Mining sector enjoys further jobs growth

Mining sector enjoys further jobs growth

New Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows growing job opportunities in Australia’s mining industry, says Minerals Council of Australia chief executive officer Tania Constable.Across the mining industry, including oil and gas, average employment grew by 11 per cent – the equivalent of 23,794 jobs – in 2018-19.“This has been underpinned by substantial employment growth in metal ore...

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Jun 20, 2019
Contract awarded in $30m Townsville cargo project

Contract awarded in $30m Townsville cargo project

Townsville construction company Formset has been awarded a $10 million contract to build a 1.6ha container terminal as part of the Townsville Port’s $30 million Crane and Cargo Terminal project at Berth 4. Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the longstanding Townsville business was expected to create more than 40 jobs during construction of the new container terminal, which would sub...

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Jun 19, 2019
Council unveils plans for Moranbah Miners’ Memorial

Council unveils plans for Moranbah Miners’ Memorial

A memorial commemorating those who have lost their lives in Moranbah’s mining industry is to be installed in the town’s centre within months. “Establishing a Miners’ Memorial in Moranbah has been a long-held priority for local councillors and September 2019 will see that vision and hard work come to life in the Moranbah Town Square,” Isaac Region Mayor Anne Baker said. The council is undert...

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Jun 19, 2019
Rocky road-spend spotlight

Rocky road-spend spotlight

The $121 million Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade project formed the backdrop this week as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk highlighted road spending for the region. She said major upgrades being prioritised in the works program would fix traffic bottlenecks in growing communities and improve road safety in the Beef Capital. Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said the jointly-funded Roc...

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Jun 19, 2019
Dredge in Cairns as $127m shipping project advances

Dredge in Cairns as $127m shipping project advances

Dredge vessel Balder R has arrived in port to start work on the $127 million Cairns Shipping Development project. Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the 111m-long, German-built dredging ship Balder R would be tasked to open up Trinity Inlet for large cruise ships after a successful stint at dredging sand for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. “The Cairns Shipping Development is the k...

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Jun 19, 2019
Crowdsourcing brings ‘outside the square’ insight for explorers

Crowdsourcing brings ‘outside the square’ insight for explorers

Crowdsourcing can be a key tool in boosting mineral discoveries by speeding up analysis and tapping ideas, an Australian mining forum has heard. Perth-based crowdsourcing specialist Holly Bridgwater, from Unearthed, was addressing the Copper To The World Conference in Adelaide. She said that while the phenomenon of “crowdsourcing” was in its infancy in the resources sector, its ability to b...

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Jun 19, 2019
Mineworkers win backpay over pre-start briefings

Mineworkers win backpay over pre-start briefings

Mineworkers at Cameby Downs coal mine have received up to $17,000 each in backpay after being required to participate in pre-start briefings before their paid workday started, their union says.  CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland president Stephen Smyth said mining companies across Queensland were on notice that compulsory briefings count as work and they shouldn’t be conducted on unpaid time....

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Jun 18, 2019
Engineering business makes the most of Youth Boost

Engineering business makes the most of Youth Boost

Mackay’s Kynaston Engineering is boosting its workforce with help from the Back to Work program. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert visited the Paget business this week and met with owners and staff. Kynaston Engineering owner Robbie Young said the business had been growing since 2013 and took advantage of the Back to Work Youth Boost to employ four young ...

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Jun 18, 2019
Bumper cohort joins mentoring program

Bumper cohort joins mentoring program

Glencore’s Mount Isa Mines recently launched the 2019 Girls for Mining Mentoring Program with a record 33 students matched with employees. The mentoring program will help girls from the Good Shepherd Catholic College and Spinifex State College gain insights into professional working life from a mining and processing perspective. The program is its fourth year, and for first time the mentor...

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Jun 18, 2019
Bulk sampling at Blackridge gold project

Bulk sampling at Blackridge gold project

Impact Minerals is starting a second phase of bulk sampling this week at its Blackridge gold project, about 30km north of Clermont. The company said the bulk samples would be up to 25 tonnes in weight. Impact said Phase 1 work had demonstrated that the project contained large volumes of mineralised free-digging conglomerate that was easily processed using simple water-based gravity separati...

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