Special economic zone proposed for Mount Isa

Mount Isa City_SM

The north-west could become a special economic zone if a proposal by the Queensland Resources Council gets off the ground. The QRC’s chief executive Michael Roche, who co-chaired the first meeting of the North-West Minerals Province Taskforce in Mount Isa, urged the group to be daring with their ideas to ensure a stronger future for Read More

Water works flow in Western Downs region

Aerobic Digestor in action

PIC: The aerobic digester in action at the wastewater treatment plant, opening this month. Major works are continuing to roll out in a $28.5 million water and wastewater upgrade for Chinchilla. FB Contracting is due to start work in April on 8km of water pipelines connecting a new raw water pumping station to a new Read More

What it’s worth to keep Queensland Nickel open


A newly released report on the impacts of the closure of Queensland Nickel has shown the refinery contributes an estimated $1.1 billion in output to the region. That’s only part of what is at stake should the refinery close. The Queensland Nickel (QN) Yabulu Refinery is part of a triumvirate of processing in Townsville along with Glencore’s Read More

Help at hand for award entries

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Image courtesy of Downer and the Bowen Basin Mining Club. Businesses submitting entries into the Queensland Mining Contractor Awards have been encouraged to make the most of support offered by official event partner, the Department of State Development. Run by the Bowen Basin Mining Club, the awards are open to all mining contractors and suppliers Read More

Class action on the table

Fedral Court Melbourne

Subcontractors who lost millions of dollars in the wake of national company Walton Construction’s collapse in late 2013 are looking increasingly unlikely to recoup cash owed to them. That’s the view of Subcontractors Alliance chairman Les Williams, who recently attended the last day of public hearings convened by liquidator Grant Thornton in Melbourne. Mr Williams, Read More

Subcontractors urged to make themselves known

Empty Conference

The number of subcontractors and small business owners attending road shows across Queensland to publicise the Housing and Public Works Department’s Security of Payment Discussion Paper has been low. Subcontractors and small business owners have until Thursday, March 31 to lodge their views by email to: or by post to: Security of Payment Discussion Paper, Read More

Independently influencing state politics for subbies

Peter Wellington and Coles Subbies

Photo: Peter Wellington and Subcontractors Alliance chair Les Williams with other subcontractors at the site of a Walton Construction project. The Subcontractors Alliance has picked up an influential ally in Queensland State Government MP, Peter Wellington. The Member for Nicklin, an electorate centred on Nambour, became interested in the lot of subcontractors when Walton Construction collapsed Read More

Licences revoked in cross-border builders case

Broken Contracts

A total of 53 licences issued by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission to builders seeking mutual recognition to work interstate have been revoked in a case that remains under investigation. Irregularities were spotted by the Victorian Building Authority when dozens of mutual recognition licences were lodged daily, according to a report which appeared in Read More

Coffee campaign to perk up Gladstone

Deon Richardson

PIC: Westpac worker Deon Richardson raises a cup for community spirit. Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) has launched a campaign to help perk up the local community in an environment of low commodity prices and increased business challenges. The “Gladstone Region - Our Home” coffee cup campaign will run throughout March, coinciding with GEA’s Gladstone Regional Read More

Concrete progress on range crossing works


Nexus Delivery has put out a call for concrete supplies as work continues on the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project. Supply and testing of ready-mixed concrete and stabilised sand products is the latest work package to go out for expressions of interest on the ICN Gateway for the major construction effort. Nexus is also Read More

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