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Mar 07, 2020
Skytrans expands FNQ passenger services

Skytrans expands FNQ passenger services

Skytrans is launching 43 new passenger flights per week across Far North Queensland, including its first direct passenger flights to Weipa from Cairns and a Dash 8 service for Cooktown. From April 20 the airline will provide 14 return flights per week between Cairns and Cooktown, five return flights per week between Cairns and Weipa, three one-way flights per week between Weipa and Horn Isla...

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Mar 07, 2020
Mackay businesses engaged in local buy initiative

Mackay businesses engaged in local buy initiative

The Local Buying Foundation (LBF) is looking to extend assistance to Mackay businesses hoping to win mining industry tenders, with a survey underway to identify the best way to target support. BMA initially developed the Local Buying Program (LBP) in 2012 to increase the visibility and availability of sourcing opportunities for local businesses. The LBP has two fundamental components a &#...

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Mar 06, 2020
Coronavirus fears at coal mine, two workers isolated

Coronavirus fears at coal mine, two workers isolated

Two employees at Glencore’s Hail Creek coal operation in Central Queensland have been isolated and are being tested for coronavirus (COVID-19). Glencore said it had activated local response plans in accordance with company protocols and ongoing advice from Federal and Queensland Government Health authorities. “At both global and local levels, Glencore has also engaged specialist...

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Mar 06, 2020
Major project work faces coronavirus challenges

Major project work faces coronavirus challenges

The potential to shut down work camps and delay building supplies are among the concerns facing major construction projects as the impact of COVID-19 reverberates around the world. Queensland Major Contractors Association chief executive officer Jon Davies said there may also be issues around whether project contracts covered businesses if problems arising from the coronavirus outbreak halted ...

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Mar 06, 2020
Speciality Metals cashed up to advance tungsten project

Speciality Metals cashed up to advance tungsten project

Speciality Metals International is set to take processing at its Mount Carbine operation to the next level after a share placement raising $4.5 million. The company said the funds would accelerate further development of the retreatment plant at the Far North Queensland tungsten project and pave the way for its x-ray ore sorter to be installed. Speciality Metals, in joint venture with Croni...

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Mar 06, 2020
Novel concrete bends the rules

Novel concrete bends the rules

A new type of concrete that is made out of waste materials and can bend under load has been developed and patented by Swinburne University of Technology researchers.  This material incorporates industrial waste products such as fly ash – a by-product of coal-fired power stations. Its developers, Dr Behzad Nematollahi and Professor Jay Sanjayan, say it is especially suited for constru...

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Mar 06, 2020
Adani goes the extra mile for Cowboys school program

Adani goes the extra mile for Cowboys school program

Adani Australia is extending its role in the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Adopt-a-School program in a multi-year deal. Adani first joined as community partners in June 2019, supporting the Try for 5! inter-school challenge that rewards and incentivises school attendance in 18 partner schools. Coming on board as a presenting partner of Adopt-a-School, the mining company will continue the ...

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Mar 06, 2020
JCU scores $46m NAIF loan for accommodation plans

JCU scores $46m NAIF loan for accommodation plans

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) will pump $46 million into a seven-storey accommodation development at James Cook University in Townsville. Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt today announced the loan for the $53 million project to be built on the Douglas campus, with JCU contributing about $7 million. “The residence will benefit not...

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Mar 05, 2020
Diversity commitment runs deep at Moranbah North

Diversity commitment runs deep at Moranbah North

A female trainee underground miner program at Moranbah North has been recognised as one of the best diversity programs in the state at the annual Resources Awards for Women. Aimed at improving female representation in the underground mine technician ranks, Anglo American’s Balancing the Team program created eight new entry-level trainee underground miner roles for women. It has proved...

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Mar 05, 2020
New owners in the wind for energy development group

New owners in the wind for energy development group

Kennedy Energy Park developer Windlab is to be acquired by a consortium including mining magnate Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest’s Squadron Wind Energy Development. The company announced this week that it had entered a binding agreement with Wind Acquisition 1 and the Minderoo Group-owned Squadron Wind Energy Development. The takeover deal for 100 per cent of Windlab’s outs...

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Mar 05, 2020
Mount Isa event marks International Women’s Day

Mount Isa event marks International Women’s Day

North West Queensland came out in force to mark the achievements of women through a Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) International Women’s Day breakfast. About 150 people from across the community attended the International Women’s Day event, supported by Glencore’s Mount Isa Mines and Alliance Safety Equipment, at the Buffs Club in...

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Mar 05, 2020
Scholarships help mining women step up

Scholarships help mining women step up

Nominations are open for the Minerals Council of Australia 2020 AICD Scholarships for Exceptional Women in Mining. MCA chief executive officer Tania Constable said the scholarships aimed to increase female participation on company boards within the minerals industry. The $12,000 scholarships will fund two women to complete the company directors course at the Australian Institute of Company ...

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Mar 05, 2020
Best efforts attract resource sector honours

Best efforts attract resource sector honours

A 20-year resources sector veteran who paved the way for job-sharing in senior roles has topped this year’s Queensland Resources Awards for Women. Jo Best, general manager of enterprise excellence and employee experience at Hastings Deering, was presented with her award as Exceptional Woman in Queensland Resources before a record crowd of more than 900 people at the Royal National Conventio...

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Mar 05, 2020
Union welcomes charges  over Moranbah North death, Anglo queries details

Union welcomes charges over Moranbah North death, Anglo queries details

Anglo American has requested further details of investigators’ report into the death of Bradley Hardwick at Moranbah North mine after being charged over the incident. “It’s very early in the legal process and we will be seeking further details to respond to the conclusions reached by the department and the evidence upon which those conclusions are based,” an Anglo Ameri...

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Mar 05, 2020
Dugald River robust, but virus may weaken market

Dugald River robust, but virus may weaken market

Dugald River mine operator MMG has expressed confidence in the general outlook for copper and zinc, while bracing for short-term market weakness due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The performance of the Dugald River operation in North-West Queensland was listed as a highlight in the company’s annual results statement for 2019. The site produced 170,057 tonnes of zinc in concentrate in 201...

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Mar 04, 2020
‘Micropiling’ technique secures FNQ power towers

‘Micropiling’ technique secures FNQ power towers

Powerlink has completed a $6 million mountainside project to maintain the transmission line connecting Barron Gorge Power Station to the grid in Far North Queensland. Helicopters, all-terrain vehicles and specialised equipment were used to complete maintenance work on 18 electricity transmission towers along the line near Cairns, supporting 17 jobs in the process. Energy Minister Dr Antho...

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Mar 04, 2020
Community airfare scheme extended

Community airfare scheme extended

Queensland Airports Limited says it has extended its agreement with Regional Express (Rex) to help keep airfare costs lower for regional Queenslanders. QAL – the owner and operator of Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports – is continuing to support the Rex community fare scheme following completion of a six-month trial at the end of January. As part of the scheme, Rex ...

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Mar 04, 2020
AIPM report produces blueprint for gender equity

AIPM report produces blueprint for gender equity

Childcare reform is crucial in promoting workplace gender balance and keeping highly-skilled professional women in the full-time workforce, the Australian Institute of Project Management says. A report prepared by the AIPM to coincide with International Women’s Day, identifies eight imperatives for improving gender equity in senior industry levels. It found that reforming federal governm...

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