Pipeline of opportunity

gas pipeline being paid in the Surat Basin

(A gas pipeline being laid in the Surat Basin) A gas industry forum is planned for Mount Isa in early 2016 to make the most of local opportunities stemming from an $800 million pipeline project. The Northern Territory Government’s selection of Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline to construct and operate the North East Gas Interconnector (NEGI) pipeline has guaranteed a Tennant Creek-Mount Isa gas route. Mount Read More

Mount Isa’s resilience - part one - employment opportunities

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The North West’s mining industry boasts an estimated residential workforce of about 3500 full-time employees, according to the Queensland Resources Council. And it says the operations employ about 6200 employees and contractors in total. Empower Economics principal economist David Lynch said unemployment in the north-west had been declining in recent years, while the total labour force in the area had stayed about the same, meaning the decline was Read More

The construction litmus test on the north’s economy

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Construction will be a key driver in the future economic development of the north west. The latest Offermans Northern Exposure September quarter report also shows solid growth in the far northern construction sector over the past two years. Construction is north Queensland’s second largest industry, contributing $7.8 billion (10.7 per cent) to Gross Regional Product Read More

Mount Isa resilience Part Two - emerging resource projects

Dugald River

(Dugald River) This week we’re looking into the reasons why the north west minerals provence will weather the downturn and go on to prosper. Today we’re looking at emerging resources projects … MMG recently announced it would bring the Dugald River zinc project into production in 2018 at an expected cost of $1 billion, and the planned $294 million development Read More

Mount Isa resilience Part 3 - Logistics base

This week we are looking into the prospects for Mount Isa minerals province. So far we’ve looked at employment and emerging resource developments. In this instalment we look at why logistics companies are setting up in Mount Isa.   Mount Isa Mining Supplies owner and deputy mayor Brett Peterson highlights the area’s mature infrastructure – power, water and transport networks – Read More

Mount Isa resilience part 3 - mature infrastructure

Brett Peterson

This week is focus on Mount Isa, its strengths and the reasons why it will thrive. Today we look at utilities that will support growth. Mount Isa Mining Supplies owner and deputy mayor Brett Peterson highlights the area’s mature infrastructure – power, water and transport networks – as huge ticks for its ongoing might. The NEGI project adds weight to this and Cr Peterson Read More

Mount Isa resilience part 4 - a hardened supply sector


(Pic_MINEX - the Mount Isa Mining Expo) In part four of this week’s series on why Mount Isa will weather the current downturn and prosper we look at the resilience of the supply chain. Brett Peterson is not only Deputy Mayor of Mount Isa, he is also a business man and second generation local. Here’s his Read More

New science teaching for a new generation


(North Lakes State College students explore science at the launch of the STEM education partnership between QGC and The Queensland Museum) A new way of teaching hopes to stem the decline in students taking up science, technology, engineering and maths. Of the 36 schools involved in the $3.95m Future Makers program to date, seven are Read More

Queensland Uni engineer honoured with appointment

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A Queensland University water engineer has been recognised with a global honour. Chris Hertle is an Adjunct Professor in the Advanced Water Management Centre at UQ and a member of the Research Advisory Committee at the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence. Professor Hertle has been named a Fellow of the International Water Association (IWA), a global professional organisation Read More

Thiess starts QCoal contract today

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Thiess has commenced a three year contract to operate QCoal’s Northern Hub mines including Drake and Sonoma near Collinsville. The three-year $250m contract starts today (January 1) and includes an option for an additional one-year contract extension. Thiess had an association with the QCoal Group going back to 2007 said Managing Director Michael Wright. “We are Read More

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