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Nov 22, 2018
RIN welcomes good news for suppliers

RIN welcomes good news for suppliers

Resource Industry Network has welcomed an announcement by mining giant Peabody that it will be implementing 30-day payment terms for its supply chain. RIN represents the resource sector and allied industries within the Mackay region, and general manager Adrienne Rourke said today’s announcement was good news for businesses in the resources supply chain. Peabody’s Australian president, George...

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Nov 22, 2018
Technologist fined for being unregistered

Technologist fined for being unregistered

A technologist has been prosecuted for carrying out professional engineering services in Queensland while unregistered. Queensland’s Professional Engineers Act requires that any person providing a professional engineering service in Queensland, or for Queensland, is registered as, or directly supervised by, a registered professional engineer of Queensland. The Board of Professional Engineers of ...

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Nov 22, 2018
Payment win for small contractors

Payment win for small contractors

A move to ensure large businesses pay small to medium enterprises (SMEs) within 20 days as a condition of future Federal Government contracts is being hailed as a major win for the SME sector. Backed up by the requirement by large businesses with $100 million turnover to publish payment times in their annual reports, it is a game-changer, says Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombud...

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Nov 21, 2018
Innovation drives trial success

Innovation drives trial success

A trial at New Acland mine involving a partial switch from diesel to gas to power trucks has been hailed a major success. The trial was a partnership involving the mine, Mine Energy Solutions and Hastings Deering. According to those behind the project, the switch reduces fuel costs by 25 to 30 per cent and greenhouse gases by more than 30 per cent. New Acland mine general manager David Vink said t...

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Nov 21, 2018
Councils want bridges fixed

Councils want bridges fixed

The Federal Government has been urged to continue funding for a program aimed at repairing timber bridges throughout Queensland, and the rest of Australia. Local councils have joined the Australian Local Government Association to call for permanency of the Federal Bridges Renewal Program, to help fix the roughly one in five timber bridges throughout the country in poor condition. The findings came...

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Nov 20, 2018
Stadium employment numbers near 1000

Stadium employment numbers near 1000

The North Queensland Stadium construction team is on track to induct its 1000th employee by the end of the year, according to the State Government. Almost 99 per cent of construction work carried out so far on the Townsville project has been done by local workers, with a high rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation. There are 42 apprentices and trainees working on the project,...

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Nov 20, 2018
Strong case to develop $1.3b Sconi project

Strong case to develop $1.3b Sconi project

Australian Mines has announced positive results from a bankable feasibility study into the Sconi cobalt-nickel-scandium project, 250km north-east of Townsville. The operation is expected to cost $US974 million – about $AU1.3 billion – to develop, with the company stating that $US922 million of the total capex is anticipated to be spent with Australian businesses, with a preference fo...

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Nov 19, 2018
Resources sector lifts Queensland economy

Resources sector lifts Queensland economy

Queensland’s resources sector contributed $62.9 billion to the State’s economy in 2017-18,  a 14 per cent rise on the previous year, according to new figures from the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane launched the organisation’s ninth annual economic contribution report, saying it reaffirmed the importance of the resources sector to the Queensland e...

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Nov 19, 2018
Amrun export facilities earn national award

Amrun export facilities earn national award

The Amrun Chith export facility has won a major project category at this year’s Civil Contractors Federation National Earth Awards. The awards recognise excellence in civil construction projects across Australia and this year featured finalists from 42 projects. Rio Tinto, Bechtel, Jacobs and McConnell Dowell won the category for projects with a value of more than $75 million with the Chith...

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Nov 19, 2018
New wave of water infrastructure support

New wave of water infrastructure support

Hopes for dam and irrigation projects throughout regional Queensland have been buoyed by news of a $500 million-plus increase to the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the federal government would work with the State Government to identify and co-fund the construction of new water infrastructure projects. Federal MP Warren Entsch. “This is an...

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Nov 19, 2018
First works package out for water reuse scheme

First works package out for water reuse scheme

The first works package in Townsville City Council’s recycled water reuse scheme is out to tender. It includes manufacturing and installation of a recycled water pipe through Annandale, starting at Yolanda Drive and finishing at the Glendale Bridge. The tender package also includes the installation of new sewage infrastructure to run parallel with the water reuse scheme pipes through Annandale. ...

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Nov 17, 2018
Pinnacle of planning talent recognised

Pinnacle of planning talent recognised

Cairns-based planner Sharon Harwood and the Hinchinbrook Shire Council were among the winners at the 2018 Planning Institute of Australia’s (PIA) Annual Awards for Queensland. The awards recognise and acknowledge quality, innovation and excellence in planning and showcase the best Queensland offers across the full range of planning disciplines and sectors. The overall winner was the interactive...

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Nov 17, 2018
Push to maximise local benefits from Big Rocks Weir project

Push to maximise local benefits from Big Rocks Weir project

Charters Towers Regional Council says it will push for maximum local involvement and benefits from the Federal Government’s recent $234 million funding announcement to kick of the Big Rocks Weir project ($54 million) near Charters Towers and the proposed Hughenden Irrigation Scheme ($180 million). Mayor Liz Schmidt said she wanted to acknowledge Member for Kennedy Bob Katter and the Federal Gove...

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Nov 17, 2018
Register now for Rookwood Weir project updates

Register now for Rookwood Weir project updates

SunWater says it is investigating local procurement opportunities and preparing initial expression of interest (EOI) and tender documents for the  $352 million Rookwood Weir project, 60km south-west of Rockhampton in Central Queensland. Jointly funded by the Queensland and Federal governments, the development will deliver about 76,000 megalitres of water per annum for irrigators, industry and urb...

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Nov 17, 2018
Exploration boost for Minotaur

Exploration boost for Minotaur

Strong support for a capital raising exercise will allow Minotaur Exploration to continue exploration at its Queensland projects. The company has a total of $1.9 million to spend following a share purchase plan which closed recently. It said total proceeds would be used to progress exploration across its Queensland projects. Among Minotaur’s projects in Queensland are the Eloise joint ventur...

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Nov 17, 2018
Insolvency figures fuel further calls for payment reform

Insolvency figures fuel further calls for payment reform

The Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) has called on State, Territory and Federal Governments to act swiftly to address security of payments to subcontractors following the release of ASIC’s latest ‘corporate insolvency’ report. It comes after the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell announced a new nationwide review focusing on the stress to sm...

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Nov 16, 2018
Getting to grips with orebody complexity

Getting to grips with orebody complexity

Extracting more gold than expected from an area of ore sounds like a great outcome. But an undercall can present problems over time, says AMC Consultants senior geologist Maree Angus. There are issues of market perception, understanding of the project’s value, government expectations, mine scheduling and even waste allocation. “In a mine, things like tailings dam walls and roads are built from...

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Nov 16, 2018
Golding wins $500m contract extension

Golding wins $500m contract extension

Golding Contractors has won a five-year extension to its current contract for mining services at Isaac Plains East coking coal mine at Moranbah. Parent company NRW Holdings said this added about $500 million to the existing contract and extended the project term to June 2024. “I am extremely pleased that the Golding relationship with Stanmore Coal at Isaac Plains has continued with the award...

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