El Nino adds concern for longer drought

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Drought conditions continue to stress regional Queensland communities in the face of a weak wet season. As at January 1, 2016 there were 36 councils and five part council areas drought declared, with 40 Individually Droughted Properties in a further seven council areas. “No good will come of it. We’re in fairly historic times now,” North Queensland Local Read More

Reaction to Yabulu job losses

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News of job losses at Queensland Nickel was extremely serious said local Townsville federal member, Herbert MP, Ewen Jones. The managing director of Clive Palmers’s Yabulu facility Clive Mensink announced the redundancies of 237 positions from the facility, located about 40kms north of Townsville, this morning. That’s around a third of job positions. Mr Palmer repeatedly Read More

Job losses at Queensland Nickel

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Queensland Nickel (QN) will make more than 230 positions redundant at its Yabulu refinery north of Townsville. That’s around a third of its workforce. Both the government and the Liberal-National Party opposition have rejected recent appeals by owner Clive Palmer for assistance in the face of low metals prices. Blame was placed at the feet Read More

Eton Range reconstruction to start

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Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss on the Peak Downs Highway   Monies are about to start flowing from a major roadworks on the Peak Downs Highway between Nebo and Mackay. Fulton Hogan has been chosen as the successful tenderer for the reconstruction project on the Eton Range.  It is Read More

Coal stars in Mackay photo competition

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The pride of Mackay has been caught digitally with 300 entries to a city council photo competition called ‘Share your #MackayPride moment’. It was taken out by Walkerston resident Giselle Anderson who caught the romance of the night with a shot over local coal handling facilities called Hay Point Moon Rises. The judges had a difficult Read More

Aussie-made in favour in a growing consumer pie

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It seems we are more likely to buy Australian-made. In the 12 months to September 2015, 89.2 per cent of Australians aged 14 years and over said they’d be more likely to buy products made in Australia — an improvement on 2013, when it was 85.6 per cent, a Roy Morgan Research report shows. But Read More

Awarded radio tech tuned to North West

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Radio technician Sam Driver was studying engineering in Brisbane before work opportunities drew him to Glencore and north-west Queensland. Mr Driver, 26, grew up in the Blackall area, did well in school and chose to pursue a degree with the University of Queensland. “I started it, then wasn’t sure what I wanted to do – I didn’t really want to sit at a desk Read More

From the coalfields to the outback

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Wade Remington has fond memories of working on cattle stations in the Mount Isa region as a 20-year-old mechanic. So when he got tired of the fly-in, fl y-out lifestyle in the Bowen Basin coal industry, after a decade of work there, the North West sprang to mind. “Everyone was so friendly and nice that I always Read More

The people’s tribute to Mount Isa

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Mount Isa has a strong community spirit, according to resident Zyra Knight, with many local groups putting their time and skills into creating events and fundraising for causes within the community. Ms Knight is the President of Neighbourhood Watch Mount Isa, an active member of the Zonta Club of Mount Isa, and a supporter of the Mount Isa Theatrical Society and Arts On Alma. Ms Knight and Read More

Isa-Carpentaria appeals to logistics business

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Global logistics operation EMO Trans has homed in on Mount Isa as a go-ahead place to expand its business. Locally based Airside Logistics has been acting as an agency for EMO Trans since mid-year, streamlining import/export processes for clients in the North West. EMO Trans chief executive officer Ian Ahern said the agency gave Mount Isa the customs clearance services that would be expected in a capital Read More

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