Details on Isaac shire - one of the richest local authorities in Queensland

Isaac Shire Mines

Gross Regional Product: Isaacs’ GRP is estimated at $8.770 billion this has increased from an estimated $8,587 in June 2014. Isaac represents 48.86% of Mackay SD (SA4)’s GRP of $17.950 billion. (GRP is the net measure of wealth generated by the region). Per capita GRP Isaac is over five times the Queensland average and Per Read More

UAV search and rescue advances by Challenges


The 2014 challenge was a great success, lots of teams completed the challenge and got their aircraft back without incident. UAV technology has a critical role to play in search and rescue and disaster management according to Queensland University of Technology professor of robotics, Jonathan Roberts. As it stands regulations state that UAV devices must Read More

UAVs trialled in remote western road surveys


At times, the UAV was up to 200km from the base sites. Two north-west Queensland councils have collaborated with AECOM to trial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology to remotely survey more than 600km of road networks. The project, conducted in Winton and McKinlay shires in late May, was the first time a long-range unmanned aerial Read More

A sample of projects in regional Queensland

Chinchilla Linc Energy is fighting accusations that it allowed toxic gas to leak from its underground coal gasification plant, causing workers to fall ill. APN regional papers have reported on Linc’s legal battle with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection over accusations the plant wilfully and unlawfully caused serious environmental harm. Meanwhile the ABC Read More

Call to business community to keep workers local

Brett Peterson

A call has gone out to the Mount Isa business community to find positions for staff made redundant by Glencore. Glencore distributed a memo on Thursday advising that 35 in-house positions in the purchasing department would be replaced by contracted fly-in fly-out staff. The memo came from both the copper and zinc asset leaders. The Read More

Issac Regional Council appoints a new CEO

New Isaac CEO Rod Ferguson_web

Experienced local government administrator Rod Ferguson takes the reins from Acting Issac CEO Graham Webb who has been leading the region since the start of the year. Mr Ferguson has two decades experience as CEO with three local governments including Kolan and Warwick Shire and Southern Downs Regional Councils. He had demonstrated his ability to lead Read More

Mobile banking growing raidly

Mobile Phone

Mobile phones are fast becoming  a dominant vehicle for banking. Roy Morgan research is reporting that 1.1m Australians use only their phone or tablet to do their banking in an average four week period. This excludes all other access including walking into branches or using the website.  

Search is on for Australia’s emerging leaders


Financial Review BOSS Magazine and the University of Sydney Business School are searching for Australia’s brightest emerging leaders. They are inviting applications to compete for a prize package including a $60,000 MBA scholarship. More at

Redundancies at MIM

Memo Scan #2

Glencore is outsourcing part of its procurement operations at Mount Isa Mines. Redundancies were outlined in a memo from Chief Operating Officer NQ Copper Assets Australia Mike Westerman and Chief Operating Officer Zinc Assets Australia, Greg Ashe. The memo quotes the asset leaders as saying: “We expect that around 35 positions will be impacted and Read More

Surveying the Hann horizon


Kerry Eaton, Surveyor Surveyor Kerry Eaton believes tackling the last unsealed patches of the Hann Highway in North Queensland is a project whose time has come. And he should know – having worked on the road for so many years that his wife jokes he will probably end up buried there. “I’m getting close to Read More

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