Western Downs reaps resource sector rewards

An estimated $1.3 billion – some 40 per cent of gross regional product (GRP) – was injected into the Western Downs Region in the last financial year through resource sector activity. This investment produced 6713 full-time equivalent jobs or 39 per cent of total employment in the Western Downs. A detailed analysis by the Queensland Read More

Specialist technology to clean up historic mine site

Mount Morgan water treatment plant neutralisation tank

Mount Morgan water treatment plant neutralisation tank   A new deal for central Queensland’s Mount Morgan mine will use specialist technology to boost environmental management and flood protection and save more than $150,000 a year. Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham announced a management agreement with mine remediation Read More

AER hands down 5-year price determination to Ergon

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An illustration of past, proposed and now future prices   The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has today released its final price determination for Ergon Energy for the next five years. The decision allows Ergon to recover $6.3 billion between 2015 and 2020 - $1.5 billion less than originally proposed. Townsville Enterprise Limited (TEL) General Manager Read More

Investment in roads reinstated


Completed upgrade works at Middle Rd, Anduramba, north of Toowoomba. State and federal funding boosts mean an extra $1 billion will be channelled into council road projects in Queensland over the next two years, the Local Government Association of Queensland says. LGAQ chief executive Greg Hallam said this represented an increase of about one third Read More

Bridge build on track to meet deadline


The Bohle River Bridge project. BMD Constructions is forging ahead with the $40 million Bohle River Bridge upgrade project at Townsville in a construction effort it says has achieved 95 per cent local industry content. “There’s certainly enough skill in Townsville across tradesmen and tradeswomen to build bridges and projects like this,” project manager Glen Read More

Government submits Carmichael mine EIS

Abbot Point coal export facilities near Bowen.

Abbot Point coal export facilities near Bowen.   The Carmichael coal project is one step closer to approval following the submission of the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for dredging and construction works at the Abbot Point coal port. The final decision on the port’s development now lies in the hands of the Commonwealth Government. “Expansion Read More

Classic Tradie Behaviour

Tradie humour

It’s a slow time in the workshop. The tradies and TAs have finished their work, cleaned up and, well, looking for mischief. What do they do? Why recreate scenes in great paintings of The Renaissance …  of course. It was organised by an advertising laddie and well worth a look at  

ERA names new board directors

Paul Dowd, Peter Mansell &  Shane Charles

Paul Dowd, Peter Mansell and Shane Charles   Former Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) ceo Shane Charles has joined Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) as a non-executive director. He is one of three new directors joining the company. Aurecon Group director, Peter Mansell has been appointed as chairman of the board, replacing interim chair Andrea Sutton Read More

Multinational starts principal contractor role


AECOM associate director transport James Ramsay. North Queensland construction manager James Ramsay is in the driver’s seat as AECOM services take a new turn, starting with a council road project in the central west. The rehabilitation and improvement work under way on McMaster Rd, the access to Winton Shire’s airport, marks AECOM Australia’s first project Read More

Applications open for sugar scholarship

Sugar scholarship

Pictured (L-R): Brendan Tabone and Sunshine Sugar’s Reliability and Planning Engineer Mark Campbell at Broadwater Mill.   A prestigious scholarship for the sugar processing industry is now open to applications. The Sugar Research Institute Scholarship is awarded to four undergraduates each year studying engineering or science at an Australian university or tertiary institution. Students in their Read More

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