Anglo offloads CQ mine

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Anglo American has entered into a share sale agreement with Batchfire Resources to sell its 100 per cent interest in the Callide thermal coal mine, 20km north-east of Biloela in Central Queensland. Announcing the deal, Anglo said the transaction remained subject to several conditions and its terms were confidential. Callide consists of an open-pit thermal coal mine and associated processing infrastructure. The operation supplies coal to the adjacent Callide power stations under long-term contracts. The deal comes just a month after Anglo American announced it had reached an agreement to sell Dartbrook thermal coal mine in the Hunter Valley, New Read More

Mackay puts up its hand for support

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Mackay has stated its case for help saying the region has borne the brunt of the economic downturn. The State Government has announced a suite of measures to help stimulate the Townsville economy following the move by Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel to enter into voluntary administration. Mackay was the largest economic contributor to state coffers in Read More

Jobs relief for sacked Townsville workers

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More than 430 jobs for North Queensland are to be supported under a Queensland Government Accelerated Works Program announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Speaking at the Port of Townsville following a special meeting of the Working Queensland Cabinet Committee, Ms Palaszczuk said an extra $126 million in accelerated works had been identified on top of Read More

Sweet NQ haulage deal for Aurizon

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Aurizon has secured a two-year deal expanding its bulk sugar haulage operations with Wilmar Sugar Australia. The agreement will see Aurizon transport about 245,000 tonnes of bulk sugar a year from the Proserpine mill to Mackay harbour and 60,000 tonnes of molasses from Burdekin mills to Port of Townsville from this month. This is in Read More

QCoal progresses construction at Byerwen

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The earth is moving at QCoal Group’s $1.7 billion Byerwen coal project, with Stage 1 of construction under way. The company said rail infrastructure manager Aurizon and civil works contractor Murphy Pipe and Civil mobilised to the site in late 2015 and had commenced earthworks for the project’s rail loop. The initial workforce of about Read More

Gladstone supply chain promotion

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Gladstone Engineering Alliance is hosting an event in March to promote the region’s supply chain capability to major industry groups statewide. The inaugural Gladstone Resource Industry Supply Chain Expo will be held at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre on March 17. GEA projects officer Kim Roberts said invitations had gone out to organisations including Read More

Questions over Queensland Nickel’s plant asset value

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Some light has been thrown on the viability of Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel (QN) operation. FTI Consulting was appointed as voluntary administrators on Monday to manage the company’s operations. Mr Palmer had constantly quoted that the site was worth billions, Empower Economics principal economist David Lynch said. “That is correct for replacement value,” Mr Lynch Read More

Major works begin on $1.6b road project


Major works are expected to begin in March as the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project ramps up. Preliminary construction activities are under way this month including survey work, geotechnical investigations and potholing on local roads and footpaths to identify existing public utility services, according to Nexus Infrastructure. The Nexus Infrastructure consortium holds the Read More

Moves to legislate against 100 per cent FIFO

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Two Queensland Liberal politicians have made moves to render 100 per cent fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) illegal. Federal Members for Dawson and Capricornia, George Christensen and Michelle Landry, put up a Private Member’s Bill to amend the Fair Work Act 2009. If approved the amendment will make it illegal for companies to refuse applicants jobs based on where they live. The proposed amendment Read More

Call for action on FIFO report


There are concerns a parliamentary report on fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) practices will get swept under the rug. The inquiry into fly-in, fly-out and other long distance commuting work practices in regional Queensland has produced a series of recommendations aimed at ensuring ‘genuine choice’ for workers. The report was tabled in parliament in October along with 235 written submissions and more than 100 witness accounts. “I welcome the report but Read More

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