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Dec 03, 2019
Solar-powered ferry in new Daintree crossing contract

Solar-powered ferry in new Daintree crossing contract

A hybrid solar-powered vehicle ferry will be part of the Daintree River Ferry Crossing fleet as part of the winning proposal for the new contract to run the service. Douglas Shire Council resolved to allow the chief executive officer to finalise contractual negotiations with local company Sirron Enterprises following a tender process. The council plans to release a tender for the design of ...

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Dec 03, 2019
Barminco stretches remote operations for underground

Barminco stretches remote operations for underground

Barminco says it will be able to remotely operate underground equipment on a client’s mine site anywhere in world with new operations centre technology. In what the mining contractor believes is a world first, Barminco operated a Sandvik LH517 loader from its head office in Perth at an underground mine site almost 1000km away in the Western Australian goldfields.  The remote opera...

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Dec 03, 2019
Full steam ahead for Sojitz Gregory coal exports

Full steam ahead for Sojitz Gregory coal exports

Sojitz Coal Mining is on track to produce about 900,000 tonnes of export coal from Gregory mine, near Emerald, by the end of March. The company acquired the mothballed Gregory Crinum coking coal mine from BMA for $100 million and has brought it back online as Sojitz Gregory. Sojitz Coal Mining managing director and chief executive officer Cameron Vorias said it had achieved its first t...

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Dec 03, 2019
NQ Cowboys plan clears  NAIF funding hurdle

NQ Cowboys plan clears NAIF funding hurdle

Resources and Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan has ticked off approval for a $20 million loan for the North Queensland Cowboys to build a Community, Training and High Performance Centre in Townsville. It comes after the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) Board last month made an Investment Decision to support the project and provided Senator Canavan a proposal notice, ...

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Dec 02, 2019
Pybar gains recognition for RTO offerings

Pybar gains recognition for RTO offerings

Mining services company Pybar has gained approval from the Australian Skills Quality Authority for its Registered Training Organisation (RTO), the Australian Institute of Mining (AIM). Pybar says it set up AIM to address the need for quality nationally-recognised training for the underground mining sector. AIM will facilitate Certificate II and III in Underground Metalliferous Mining prog...

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Dec 02, 2019
Galvanising site gears up for $1m shutdown project

Galvanising site gears up for $1m shutdown project

Australian Professional Galvanizing will be adding an edge to its kettle and furnace set-up this month during a $1 million scheduled maintenance outage. Chief executive officer Steve Pollard said the Townsville business was due to replace the kettle – the vessel that holds molten zinc for the galvanising process. “So we are taking the opportunity while we are doing that to change the fu...

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Dec 02, 2019
Ausdrill awarded major Bowen Basin contracts

Ausdrill awarded major Bowen Basin contracts

Ausdrill has won two major contracts in the Bowen Basin, parent company Perenti announced today. They include a three-year contract, with options to extend, for drill and blast operations at the Yancoal-Peabody Energy Middlemount mine. Perenti said also Ausdrill had secured a four-year contract for exploration drilling at various Bowen Basin sites for a major coal operator. “This ...

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Nov 30, 2019
Little Duke adds to big gold picture for Ausmex

Little Duke adds to big gold picture for Ausmex

Drill results from Little Duke are firming up Ausmex’s theory on a significant IOCG-style gold, copper and cobalt system under its Cloncurry region tenements. It comes as the company awaits the completion of a maiden JORC resource estimate for its raft of gold projects in the area, with plans to get into production in 2020. Ausmex reported this week that a recent Little Duke drill hol...

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Nov 29, 2019
No decision on Adani coal royalties agreement

No decision on Adani coal royalties agreement

A decision on the royalties agreement for Adani’s Carmichael coal mine has been delayed again. A target date of November 30 was set after the parties failed to meet the September 30 cut-off which the Queensland Coordinator General announced midyear as part of a timeline for outstanding approvals for the project. “We are continuing to work with the Queensland Government to finalise t...

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Nov 29, 2019
Better bucket brings kudos for Austin Engineering

Better bucket brings kudos for Austin Engineering

Austin Engineering unveiled its award-winning two-piece excavator bucket in Mackay this week. The liner-less bucket design won the People’s Choice award and was second overall at this month’s Swedish Steel Prize event. Austin Engineering was one of four finalists recognised for ground- breaking engineering, cooperation and steel innovations. “The two-piece excavator bucke...

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Nov 29, 2019
Deal cements Queensland Inland Rail delivery

Deal cements Queensland Inland Rail delivery

The Federal and State Governments have signed a ground-breaking agreement to deliver the Queensland portion of the Inland Rail. Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey said that the agreement cemented protections for Queenslanders and would see close to $2 billion in joint-funding fast-tracked for road and rail projects across the state. “This deal will see us work with the Federal Gov...

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Nov 29, 2019
New tender issued for Oasis Townsville project

New tender issued for Oasis Townsville project

The tender for the new road and street lighting for The Oasis Townsville (TOT) has been released. The Oonoonba site will become a community hub for current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel. Minister for Communities Coralee O’Rourke said the completion and contract documentation for the main works (building) design was currently being prepared, and she expected to make...

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Nov 28, 2019
NRW Holdings absorbs BGC Contracting in $310m deal

NRW Holdings absorbs BGC Contracting in $310m deal

NRW Holdings has sealed a deal to acquire 100 per cent of BGC Contracting at a cost of $310 million. The company is preparing an institutional placement to raise $120 million as part of the move, in addition to a share purchase plan capped at $10 million. The aquisition cost includes $116.4 million in cah for the equity of BGC Contracting and $193.6 million of debt related to asset financ...

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Nov 28, 2019
Time for talk is over, says mining union boss

Time for talk is over, says mining union boss

The threat of significant jail time is a necessary part of new industrial manslaughter legislation for the Queensland resources sector, the CFMEU says. CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President Stephen Smyth was commenting after Mines and Energy Minister Anthony Lynham said the new laws would be going before Parliament next year, with penalties including up to 20 years in jail. “Ti...

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Nov 28, 2019
Impact pulls out of Clermont gold project

Impact pulls out of Clermont gold project

Impact Minerals has pulled out of the Blackridge gold project north of Clermont, only a month after announcing plans for trial mining. Managing director Michael Jones said the move followed extended discussions regarding a renegotiation of the option agreement that Impact Minerals had with Rock Solid Holdings over key Mining Lease applications at the project The Board of Impact had electe...

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Nov 28, 2019
Tenders out for DriveIT NQ project civil works

Tenders out for DriveIT NQ project civil works

A tender notice has gone out for civil contractors for work on Stage 1 of DriveIT NQ’s $25 million project at Calcium outside Townsville. The tendered works include bulk earthworks and roadworks, which includes the construction of a 2.4ha vehicle manoeuvring Area. (View the notice HERE) Interested contractors must register their interest by Tuesday, December 3 to aaron.phillips@LEAD...

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Nov 28, 2019
Adani awards $35m-plus quarry contract

Adani awards $35m-plus quarry contract

Toowoomba-based company Wagners will build and operate a quarry to supply material required for Carmichael coal mining and rail infrastructure. Adani Mining today announced Wagners’ selection as the lead contractor to deliver the Galilee Basin coal project’s $35 million-plus quarry operations package. The South Back Creek Quarry, to be located about 160km outside Clermont, wil...

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Nov 28, 2019
Union pushes ‘no’ vote on  Mount Isa Mines EBA

Union pushes ‘no’ vote on Mount Isa Mines EBA

The Australian Workers’ Union is fighting a proposed workplace agreement at Mount Isa Mines, saying it fails to lock in one single pay rise. The union says Glencore’s proposed EBA fails to take action on a number of key issues and will see workers miss out on a guaranteed pay rise for the life of the agreement. Negotiations have been taking place over the past year on the agreement, whi...

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