Water release offers jobs for north-west Gulf

Flinders River at Richmond

Flinders River at Richmond More than a quarter-of-a-million megalitres of industry-boosting water is to be made available to drive jobs and growth in north-west Queensland and the Gulf. Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham called for tenders to share in the new water from five Gulf river Read More

QRC chief to highlight resources contribution at industry briefing


The role of the resources sector to the Mackay region is on the agenda today at the Resource Industry Network’s November Industry Briefing. Special guest speaker Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Michael Roche will provide members with an overview of the Queensland resources sector’s performance in 2014-15, including expenditure information relevant to the region. Resource Industry Read More

Murphy Pipe and Civil wins Byerwen works

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Murphy Pipe and Civil has been announced as the preferred contractor for the rail civil works package at the Byerwen coal project, subject to final commercial arrangements. QCoal Group is developing the open-cut coal mine about 20km west of Glenden, with construction expected to begin by the end of the year and first coal in Read More

Innovation and technology key for future Australia

It may be difficult times, but the energy and resources sectors could remain as the pillars of the Australian economy well into the future. That’s according to the Australian National Outlook which details economic growth, water-energy-food use, environmental outcomes and living standards in Australia. The 2015 report found that energy intensive industries could be well positioned to Read More

Top drop in Queensland


  Barcaldine Regional Council has taken out the 2015 Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test at the Queensland Water Directorate’s second annual Innovation Forum with the ancient water from the Great Artesian Basin selected as the best by conference delegates through more than 300 individual “tastes.” Barcaldine Regional Council delivers water and Read More

Leighton wins QGC Surat Basin Project

QGC compression facilities in the Surat Basin. Photo: Angela Buddee

Leighton Contractors has been selected by QGC to deliver gas infrastructure in the Surat Basin, Queensland. The project is expected to generate revenue of approximately $250 million to the contractor over 18 months. “Our integrated project management, engineering and construction capabilities provide clients with a single interface for all civil, structural, mechanical, piping, instrumentation and electrical work Read More

New horizon for quarrying

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IQA general manager Paul Sutton   The theme of professional development and minimising future shock ran through the recent Institute of Quarrying Australia national conference titled: The infrastructure Boom: Our Industry Building Communities. CommSec chief economist Craig James identified how infrastructure developers where responding to emerging market demand. He noted the trend toward building apartments. Read More

Avoid the site, avoid the collision

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There was nothing tongue-in-cheek in the presentation to the recent Institute of Quarrying Australia National Conference titled: ‘Heavy vehicles only injure people when they get in the way.” Queensland Inspector of Mines-small mine strategy, Wayne Scott, was absolutely serious. There are on average nine reported incidents a week in Queensland  involving the interaction of heavy Read More

Remote education partnership named best in Queensland


Weipa mine employee and former WCC student Michelle Radlof    A decade-long partnership between a remote school and Rio Tinto’s Weipa bauxite mine in far north Queensland has been recognised for delivering strong education outcomes and creating career pathways for local indigenous and non-indigenous people on Cape York. The partnership between Western Cape College and Read More

Groundbreaking discovery puts UQ on the map

Dr Paul Evans analyses methane microorganism samples in UQ’s Australian Centre for Ecogenomics. Photo courtesy The University of Queensland.

Dr Paul Evans analyses methane microorganism samples in UQ’s Australian Centre for Ecogenomics. Photo courtesy The University of Queensland. Textbooks on methane-metabolising organisms might have to be rewritten after researchers in a University of Queensland-led international project announced the discovery of two new organisms. Deputy Head of UQ’s Australian Centre for Ecogenomics in the School Read More

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