Quarrying auction goes off

David Cilento (Hy-Tec), Lisa and Ray Smith (Tom Jung Quarries) (2)

As would be expected, explosives were popular at the recent Australian Quarry Industry Education Foundation auction. Delegates to the Australian Institute of Quarrying 2015 conference in Adelaide stumped up more than $41,000 for donated items. The 20 lots ranged from a two-year lease of a glass encased Casey Stoner helmet to a Metso model cone Read More

Just for the skill of it

A leaning toward learning has seen Rockhampton boy Justin Barnes embrace a career in training.

Justin Barnes A leaning toward learning has seen Rockhampton boy Justin Barnes embrace a career in training. Mr Barnes recently started work as Energy Skills Queensland’s industry skills advisor for resources after more than 12 years of mining and electrotechnology training experience. The new position follows what Mr Barnes describes as the highlight of his Read More

Fast track airport development an inspiration for the quarrying industry

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‘The question seems to be what can’t be done. Perhaps we should be asking ourselves what can be done.’ That comes from the head of the business that developed Australia’s only privately funded airport.. Director of Toowoomba-based Wagners, Denis Wagner, made the statement in his keynote address to the Institute of Quarrying 2015 national conference. Read More

Queen of the roads


Kristy Hows Moving from a technical, engineering-focused role into a more people-focused leadership position has been among Kristy Hows’ greatest challenges in a 15-year career with the Department of Transport and Main Roads. Ms Hows is the department’s North West District director, ensuring the delivery of projects and services for a 307,833sq km patch of Read More

The uncommon offer

CommSec chief economist Craig James (400x600) (400x600) (2)

It’s mostly all good. The economy that is. But beware of change. That was the message from CommSec chief economist Craig James in his address to the 2015 Institute of Quarrying Australia national conference in Adelaide. In terms of disruptive technologies, there had been more change since the period from 2007 than ever before. This was Read More

Local contractor wins Mackay road upgrade

The upgrade of a busy road intersection in Mackay has been awarded to Doval Constructions. Preliminary works are expected to start on the Juliet and Penn streets intersection in November with major works commencing between December and March. The $768,000 contract will include upgrades to traffic signals and a dedicated turning lane to separate through and turning traffic. The Read More

New Acland info sessions for local business

new acland

Local businesses are invited to attend the local industry procurement information sessions for the New Acland coal mine stage three project in Toowoomba and Oakey. The sessions will be held at the following locations on Monday, 19 October: The Oakey RSL, 76 Campbell Street, Oakey from 7.30am to 9am. A light breakfast will be provided Read More

Geothermal interest heats up for Winton Shire council

Winton Shire council

Winton Shire council chief executive officer Tom Upton Winton may be leading the way for a raft of councils in the central west as it prepares to build a geothermal power plant within months to exploit the area’s hot artesian water. Project manager LGIS (Local Government Infrastructure Services) plans to start construction in February 2016 Read More

Persistent ways win with BMA

BMA business tips

Damien Matthews BMA head of supply. BMA’s Local Buying Program is an entry path for local firms hoping to win business on sites such as Blackwater mine. Supply head shares tips for businesses seeking resource industry work. The ability to clearly communicate your value proposition and to distinguish yourself from your rivals are key elements Read More

Death highlights mine site seclusion

The reality of mine site isolation was highlighted earlier this year when a worker died alone in his camp accommodation. Cleaning staff found the body of a 54-year-old man in his room at a mine village in Cloncurry on July 27. Police confirmed that the contract construction labourer died of natural causes. The man’s body Read More

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