NSS officially opens its new bulk storage shed in Townsville

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Stevedore NSS has officially commissioned a new facility at the Port of Townsville which is rewriting the standard on bulk storage. The $15m shed covering 8,500 sq metres is negatively pressured as part of its environmental credentials. The shed was officially opened yesterday by Minister for Disability Services, Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on Read More

Assembly starts off Urquhart


Site works for Metallica Minerals’ HMS processing plant. Metallica moves its Cape York mineral sands project up the priority list Tenders have been issued for on-site assembly of the processing plant for the Urquhart HMS (heavy mineral sands) project on Cape York as Queensland-based resources company Metallica Minerals draws closer to production. The plant, fabricated Read More

Yamala development to be ready for 2016 harvest


GrainCorp has earmarked a site about 25km east of Emerald for a new rail loading facility, expected to be operational next year. The Yamala development is part of the organisation’s $200 million “Project Regeneration”, to be delivered over three years. GrainCorp director government and media, Angus Trigg, said the tender process was well under way Read More

Redundancies continue at Mount Isa Mines

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Glencore is continuing the restructure of its business in Mount Isa with the announcement of another round of redundancies, this time at George Fisher mine. While not releasing any figures, it’s believed that six staff at the manager and superintendent level have been given notice. There is also a move to introduce seven-on, seven-off rosters. Read More

Reports from Townsville industry breakfast

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Members of the Townsville Business Community came together in force at an industry breakfast recently to hear from the proponents of emerging projects. Lend Lease general manager for Queensland and Northern Territory Tony Orazio joined MMG QLD Queensland group manager for business development Myles Johnston to present briefings on the $60m plus JCU science precinct Read More

The Queensland regions that defy rising unemployment

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The far north and north west of the state are bucking a trend towards higher unemployment. The OffermansPartners quarterly Northern Exposure report shows unemployment has increased both in the Mackay and Fitzroy regions, up 1.6 percentage points (ppt) and 1.1ppt respectively. The report aligns the trend to the slowdown in mining investment. Unemployment in the Read More

OffermansPartners Northern Outlook

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Slow, subdued and soft. That’s how OffermansPartners described the economic outlook for three of the four regions making up central and northern Queensland in its June quarter report. The far north is the standout with a low Australian dollar digging the spurs into international tourism. Business confidence is generally up. Read the results of that Read More

GVK opts for bussing to complement FIFO

GVK Hancock has announced plans to provide bus-in, bus-out services for regional workers for its proposed Galilee Basin mining operations. General manager external affairs Josh Euler said the bus option would complement the unavoidable need for a fly-in, fly-out component to meet the requirement of more than 4000 direct jobs at the company’s proposed mines. Read More

Design-savy accommodation


An artist impression of the G-pod Temporary accommodation facilities are increasingly adopting sustainable design features to deal with tropical conditions, according to Tropical Green Building Network facilitator Emma Thirkell. And she believes North Queensland businesses should be well-placed to use their expertise in this field to win more work throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The Tropical Read More

Miners give it up for leukaemia research


Emerald miner Shannon Friedrich (left) with brother Nathan. The Queensland resources industry raised $365,000 in this year’s World’s Greatest Shave Mining and Energy Challenge, taking the total since 2006 to well over $4 million. Bechtel Australia raised $126,000 across its three LNG plant construction sites in Gladstone, and its GLNG team was the challenge’s top Read More

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