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Apr 09, 2019
Cloncurry hosts mine surveyors’ seminar

Cloncurry hosts mine surveyors’ seminar

Ernest Henry Mine near Cloncurry was the setting for the Australian Institute of Mine Surveyors North Queensland regional seminar last weekend. Co-ordinator Paul Hancock, from Glencore, said 22 surveyors attended the event and enjoyed the opportunity to discuss issues of interest and hear from a number of industry sponsors. “The seminar had a theme of ‘show and tell’, which was intended to ...

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Apr 09, 2019
Federal approval for Adani’s groundwater plans

Federal approval for Adani’s groundwater plans

Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price has approved the groundwater management plans for the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Infrastructure project. Ms Price said the CSIRO and Geoscience Australia had confirmed the revised plans met strict scientific requirements. The announcement came after weekend news reports that her LNP colleague Senator James McGrath had written to Ms Price warnin...

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Apr 09, 2019
Eighteen construction companies miss financial reporting deadline

Eighteen construction companies miss financial reporting deadline

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission has demanded urgent answers from a number of large licensed companies which appear to be operating with inadequate financial assets. The action comes after the first annual reporting deadline passed following new minimum financial requirement and mandatory reporting laws that came into effect this year. Companies with a turnover of more t...

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Apr 09, 2019
Building watchdog takes union to court over North Queensland Stadium actions

Building watchdog takes union to court over North Queensland Stadium actions

The Australian Building and Construction Commission has launched legal proceedings over union actions on the North Queensland Stadium construction project. It alleges the CFMMEU and official Grant Harradine organised unlawful industrial action on four consecutive days in a bid to pressure subcontractor PJ Walsh to sign a union enterprise agreement at the Townsville site. It is further a...

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Apr 08, 2019
GEA launches new supplier portal

GEA launches new supplier portal

Details of a new CQ Supplier Portal will be revealed at the Gladstone Supply Chain Expo on Wednesday (April 10). The Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) in partnership with Online Procurement Services and Industry Capability Network Queensland are creating the portal to provide opportunities for local SME suppliers. GEA chief executive officer Julie Gelder said the portal would give prime...

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Apr 08, 2019
Breaking ground at Barbara

Breaking ground at Barbara

Mining activity has kicked off at Round Oak Minerals’ Barbara copper-gold project, about 60km north-east of Mount Isa.  Chief executive officer Rob Cooper said the site establishment work had been carried out and contractors started waste stripping to in the pit in the last week of March. SES Mining Solutions is providing the mining production workforce, with equipment supplied fr...

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Apr 08, 2019
McKinlay mayor joins NAIF board

McKinlay mayor joins NAIF board

McKinlay Shire Mayor Belinda Murphy is one of two new appointments to the board of the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF). Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan announced that Cr Murphy and Kate George from Western Australia would join the board. McKinlay Shire Mayor Belinda Murphy. “Ms George has a legal background, and has extensive experience work...

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Apr 08, 2019
Project to tackle youth crime

Project to tackle youth crime

An initiative was officially kicked off in Mount Isa this week to cut youth crime by implementing measures that target repeat offending. Police and Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan joined Commissioner Ian Stewart and other government representatives to launch the Mount Isa Community Connect Project. The project is a multi-agency initiative that aims to improve community safety and re...

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Apr 07, 2019
League legends to lace on the boots in Mount Isa

League legends to lace on the boots in Mount Isa

One of Mount Isa’s favourite rugby league sons will return to his home city with some other legends of the game next month. Scott Prince will join former greats like Matt Bowen, John Hopoate and Willie Tonga in the International Legends of League charity match at Alec Inch Oval on May 18. Adding to the local flavour, Prince will play for a star-studded Mount Isa Allstars team which will be ...

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Apr 07, 2019
Bikes, bulls, bog snorkelling and butts – 25 years of Dirt n Dust

Bikes, bulls, bog snorkelling and butts – 25 years of Dirt n Dust

Margie Ryder admits a few too many beers might have been consumed when the idea for a triathlon in Julia Creek was first proposed. Twenty-five years later, the triathlon has morphed into the annual Dirt n Dust Festival, which kicks off at noon on Friday, and has become a major event on the Queensland social calendar. “When it started in 1994, we had 13 competitors and a budget of $5000,” Cr...

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Apr 07, 2019
Qantas museum upgrade kicks off

Qantas museum upgrade kicks off

Work has kicked off on Qantas Founders Museum’s $11.3 million Luminescent Longreach Stage 1: Airpark Roof Project. Contractor Watpac has begun placing the footings for a 8072sq m roof structure, with this initial work expected to be completed by the end of this month. The roof will cover the museum’s aircraft, including a Boeing 747, Boeing 707, Catalina Flying Boat and Super Constellatio...

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Apr 06, 2019
Mount Isa rail line repair work in final stages

Mount Isa rail line repair work in final stages

Crews and contractors are focused on repairing a final 55km section of damaged track on the Mount Isa Line, Queensland Rail says. It expects to reopen the line by the middle of next month. Queensland Rail chief executive officer Nick Easy said most of the repairs, between Richmond and Nonda in the east and Quarrels and Tibarri in the west, had been completed in the past week, reopening thos...

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Apr 06, 2019
NQ resort proposal attracts special project status

NQ resort proposal attracts special project status

A proposed $1 billion country club resort and equestrian centre near Townsville has been declared a coordinated project. State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the independent Coordinator-General had made the declaration for the Toolakea Beach development and would now carry out the environmental impact assessment. “This important project ha...

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Apr 05, 2019
Cash for North-West Qld infrastructure projects

Cash for North-West Qld infrastructure projects

The State Government has committed more than $2.4 million to three critical infrastructure projects in North-West Queensland. Projects in McKinlay, Cloncurry and Flinders shire council areas will be funded through Round 4 of the $295 million Building our Regions program. State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick, said the works would drive economic ...

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Apr 05, 2019
Council contracts news

Council contracts news

Townsville City Council has named the successful contractors for a range of projects in the city. The contract for the Hervey Range Front End Resource Recovery Facility has been awarded to A. Gabrielli Constructions. Work will involve a significant upgrade of the existing infrastructure and the council said it would support 20 jobs. The upgrade will allow old bikes, furniture, cutlery, c...

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Apr 05, 2019
Company tackles liquid contamination crisis

Company tackles liquid contamination crisis

A Perth company believes it has found the solution to what it describes as a national contamination crisis. National water management and environmental services firm, Pumps United, said liquid contaminated by toxic chemical per-and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) could be treated and turned into safe water with a new treatment system. Pumps United said it had engineered a treatment process that re...

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Apr 05, 2019
Anger over Federal ‘rain check’ on regional road funds

Anger over Federal ‘rain check’ on regional road funds

Civil contractors are calling for Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch to ‘show us the money’ and explain when promised funds for regional projects will be delivered. It comes in the lead-up to the inaugural North Queensland Civil Construction Association (NQCCA) conference, to be held in Cairns this weekend. The group said Mr Entsch recently announced $700 million in funding for r...

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Apr 04, 2019
Funds pledge for Gladstone port access

Funds pledge for Gladstone port access

The Federal Government has committed up to $100 million to the upgrade road access to the port at Gladstone. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Gladstone Port Access Road Extension project was a priority in order to support the state’s mining, agriculture and other export industries. “This is big news for the ...

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