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Defence plan delivers for regional Queensland

Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army personnel conduct load transfer trials between a C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter aircraft and an Australian Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter at RAAF Base Townsville, Queensland, on 11 November 2015. *** Local Caption *** Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army personnel conducted loading trials and training at RAAF Base Townsville from 10-14 November 2015, utilising the new C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter aircraft operated by No 35 Squadron. Engineers and aircrew from Air Movements Training and Development Unit (AMTDU) oversaw the trials, which involved the loading of Army personnel from Townsville's 3rd Brigade in different configurations. Air Force air movements personnel also conducted load transfer trials between a Spartan and a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from Army's 5th Aviation Regiment. These trials demonstrated the ability of the Spartan to bridge the battlefield airlift gap between Army's rotary-wing fleet and larger RAAF transports.

Regional Queensland is set to benefit from a raft of investment projects outlined in the 2016 Defence White Paper released this week. The Federal Government proposes to increase Defence spending by $29.9 billion over the next decade to deliver the strategies and plans set out in the document. Proposed investment for the Townsville region includes: Read More

Hospital work on the horizon

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JCU Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the division of services and resources Tricia Brand.     James Cook University is seeking expressions of interest for the development of a new university private hospital, expected to cost about $110 million to build. Details of construction will be finalised with the successful proponent, but Stage 1 of the development Read More

League legend helps workers tackle shutdown safety

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League legend Shane Webcke visited CS Energy’s Kogan Creek Power Station near Chinchilla today to reinforce the safe work message ahead of a $68 million overhaul project. Webcke, the 2016 Safe Work Ambassador, grew up on the Darling Downs and has a strong connection to work safety as his father was killed in a workplace Read More

Green light for Cairns tower development

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Cairns Regional Council has approved the development application for a planned $550 million, three-tower complex in the city centre. The C3 development on Sheridan St is proposed to include 796 units as well as 3700sq m of floorspace allocated to business and shopping. The smaller two towers would rise to 69m above ground level and Read More

Energy efficiency not faring well when it comes to the crunch

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Tough times are failing to win over mining companies to the benefits of energy-efficient crushing and grinding circuits as they set their sights on more dramatic cost-cutting measures. That is according to Energetics executive director and general manager, consulting Mary Stewart, who is a board member for the Coalition for Eco- Efficient Comminution (CEEC). “In Read More

Have a say on Global Day of the Engineer

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PIC: Engineers Australia chief executive officer Stephen Durkin.   Today is Global Day of the Engineer and peak body Engineers Australia is asking the wider community to join the celebration. Global Day of the Engineer centres on recognising the accomplishments of engineers, giving students around the world a chance to experience engineering and sharing the Read More

Townsville Industry Breakfast series kicks off

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It’s back. The first Townsville Industry Breakfast of the year will be held at the RSL on March 15. Roads and government assets are on the bill.  Main Roads and Transport Department of Transport and Main Roads Northern District director Marissa Wise will present on the Palaszczuk Government’s $77.6 million plan to generate jobs in northern Queensland. Read More

Infrastructure funds targeted to cyclone recovery

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The next round of the Palaszczuk Government’s $70 million critical regional infrastructure fund will further help cyclone recovery on the Capricorn Coast 12 months after Cyclone Marcia. The fund has been accelerated by six months to stimulate jobs and economic growth in regional Queensland, with applications to open on April 4. The funding was part of the Queensland Read More

Strong growth for road sector

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Road building has been flagged as one of the strongest growth markets in the construction industry, with the value of work nationally forecast to rise more than 30 per cent over three years. In Queensland it is expected to increase 44 per cent from 2014/15 figures, taking the value of road construction works in the Read More

Fitzroy River weirs flagged as priority works

Capricorn Enterprise has welcomed the Australian Infrastructure Plan listing of Lower Fitzroy River water infrastructure development as a national priority. The plan was released by Infrastructure Australia this week and lists 93 infrastructure priority initiatives including 12 for Queensland. Lower Fitzroy River water infrastructure was highlighted as an opportunity to develop industry and agriculture in Read More

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