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Aug 15, 2019
Tobruk pool redevelopment contract announced

Tobruk pool redevelopment contract announced

Local contractor Jackson + Semler has won the contract to redevelop the Tobruk Memorial Baths in Townsville and is expected to start work early next month. The project is expected to support 120 jobs, according to Townsville City Council. Townsville Deputy Mayor Les Walker said awarding the construction tender to a local company helped ensure profits remained within the city. “Jackson...

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Aug 15, 2019
Councils team up for $40m garbage deal

Councils team up for $40m garbage deal

A joint procurement exercise by Isaac and Central Highlands councils has culminated in a $40 million kerbside collection contract for Cleanaway Waste Management. Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said current contract arrangements would expire in October and the councils undertook a joint procurement activity to replace two separate contracts. “This is about bringing a better deal a...

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Aug 15, 2019
Land deal to expand Ayr Industrial Estate

Land deal to expand Ayr Industrial Estate

Burdekin Shire Council has agreed to purchase a 14.23ha parcel of land to expand the Ayr Industrial Estate by about 45 lots. Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the land purchase was a ‘shot in the arm’ for industrial development in the Shire, providing a stimulus to drive economic growth and jobs in the Burdekin. “We know that there are local businesses wanting to expand their operations and b...

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Aug 15, 2019
Inspectorate releases early findings on coal mine fire

Inspectorate releases early findings on coal mine fire

The Queensland Mines Inspectorate says it is yet to conduct any interviews with key personnel as investigations continue into events surrounding the underground fire at North Goonyella coal mine last year. “At this time, persons of interest have exercised their right under the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 not to be interviewed by the inspectorate unless compelled by law to do ...

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Aug 15, 2019
Industry briefings to tap $14.5b transport spend

Industry briefings to tap $14.5b transport spend

The State Government says regional Queensland will see 13,500 jobs generated by $14.5 billion in road and transport spending in the next four years. It has launched into a series of industry briefings o help local businesses tap into those opportunities, including events planned for Townsville and Toowoomba on August 22, Mackay on August 30 and Rockhampton on September 4. All up the State G...

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Aug 15, 2019
Gladstone apprentice tests skills on world stage

Gladstone apprentice tests skills on world stage

Gladstone Ports Corporation electrical apprentice Anthony Cobb sets off for Russia today for the 45th WorldSkills International competition. The 21-year-old will represent Australia in the competition’s electrical installations category from August 22-27. Mr Cobb, who was selected as a member of the Australian Skillaroo team in April, said intensive training camps and a great support net...

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Aug 15, 2019
Mt Freda continues to shine in Ausmex drill campaign

Mt Freda continues to shine in Ausmex drill campaign

Ausmex Mining is continuing to strike high-grade gold mineralisation at its Mt Freda project near Cloncurry. Recent drilling had delineated more than 75m of continuous down dip, high-grade mineralisation at the Shamrock mine, the company said. Shamrock is one of 10 historic gold mines within an area of the Mt Freda complex dubbed the Golden Mile. “The recent drilling results contin...

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Aug 15, 2019
Council rolls out $3m in Magnetic Island works

Council rolls out $3m in Magnetic Island works

Townsville City Council is investing more than $3 million into Magnetic Island infrastructure projects. Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Mark Molachino said the work included almost $1 million for the Horseshoe Bay Water Recycling Facility. “The plant has been in use since 2006 so we will be replacing or upgrading equipment,” he said. “We are also renewing the Nelly Bay Reserv...

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Aug 14, 2019
Council approves new waste recycling facility for Cairns

Council approves new waste recycling facility for Cairns

Cairns Regional Council has approved the design and construction of a new Material Recovery Facility, which should slash the amount of waste ending up in landfill. The upgraded recycling facility will be capable of processing up to 25,000 tonnes per annum (15 tonnes per hour) and service Cairns and the broader Far North Queensland region for the next 10 to 15 years. Re.Group, an Australian...

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Aug 14, 2019
Cracking start for $31.5m gallery construction

Cracking start for $31.5m gallery construction

Demolition works have begun at the site of the new $31.5 million Rockhampton Art Gallery on Quay St. Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the Rockhampton Art Gallery would be relocated from its current outdated facility on Victoria Parade and become the main feature of the new cultural precinct in the city’s CBD. Rockhampton-based Woollam Constructions has been appointed t...

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Aug 14, 2019
Black Spot project funding boost for Rockhampton

Black Spot project funding boost for Rockhampton

Rockhampton has scored a roadworks injection of almost $3 million across three projects under the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program. It came as Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack announced an additional $10.4 million for Queensland under the program’s 2019/20 funding round, taking it to almost $23 million. Work on Spiegelhauer R...

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Aug 14, 2019
Ferris wheel set for a spin on Cairns Esplanade

Ferris wheel set for a spin on Cairns Esplanade

Cairns Regional Council is partnering with Westshell Wheels to bring a 35m high Ferris wheel to the Cairns Esplanade for a three-month trial. The company’s flagship product, to be named The Reef Eye during its tenure in Cairns, provides unobstructed 360-degree views through fully enclosed, plexiglass-wrapped gondolas. It takes just two days to erect the 100-tonne, 24-gondola Ferris wheel,...

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Aug 14, 2019
New Cairns boat hoist attracting keen interest

New Cairns boat hoist attracting keen interest

They were partying at Portsmith at the weekend as BSE Maritime Solutions held a launch function for about 250 people to celebrate the introduction of a new 1120-tonne mobile boat hoist. Chief operating officer Ian Thompson said BSE Cairns Slipways had already had ‘massive interest’ from the industry in Australia and overseas. The company is looking to double its Cairns workforce over th...

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Aug 14, 2019
Resource rebound lifts Mount Isa airport figures

Resource rebound lifts Mount Isa airport figures

A mining resurgence has been credited for a 5 per cent jump in passenger numbers at Mount Isa Airport in the past financial year. Final results for FY2019 show a total of 205,682 passengers passed through the gates at Mount Isa Airport during the year, compared to 195,799 in 2017/18. Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) chief executive officer Chris Mills said the strong result in the North We...

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Aug 13, 2019
Union pressure for action on New Acland approvals

Union pressure for action on New Acland approvals

The coal miners’ union has called on the State Government to immediately declare the New Acland mine expansion a ‘prescribed project’, as hundreds of jobs hang in the balance. Continuing delays to the project had frustrated workers and held back the local economy in the Toowoomba region, CFMEU Mining & Energy Division Queensland District vice-president Shane Brunker said. “T...

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Aug 13, 2019
Infrastructure report highlights need for extra investment and planning

Infrastructure report highlights need for extra investment and planning

Australia is sleepwalking its way towards becoming a nation of three megacities with regions which struggle with social and economic equity issues, the Planning Institute of Australia warns. National President Steve O’Connor said the 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit released today confirmed that addressing  infrastructure, population and liveability in isolation was no longer feasible. ...

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Aug 13, 2019
Major Proserpine building contract awarded

Major Proserpine building contract awarded

Hutchinson Builders have won a $8.9 million contract to build Whitsunday Regional Council’s new Proserpine Administration Building. Work is expected to commence in October. Mayor Andrew Willcox said the former administration building was extensively damaged by Cyclone Debbie and staff had been working in temporary offices around the region for the past two years. “The new buildi...

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Aug 13, 2019
Bluff mine to pioneer Cat drill in Queensland

Bluff mine to pioneer Cat drill in Queensland

Queensland’s first Cat MD6250 rotary blasthole drill is off to work at the Bluff coal mine after an eight-week assembly project at Hastings Deering’s Rockhampton depot. Delivery to contractor MACA at the mine, 20km east of Blackwater, will cap off a major logistical exercise that started with a journey from Caterpillar’s Denison factory in Texas USA, in May. The MD6250 was sh...

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