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Gold market update from Suncorp

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From our friends at Suncorp … The gold bull market began in 2001, with the upward trend deteriorating in 2011. Over the last three years, gold has been testing new support levels. Earlier this month gold fell to below $US1100 an ounce, the lowest level in five years. Many analysts believe further falls are to Read More

Mines restoration draws on the evolution of plant communities

Vegetation Science specialist UWA Professor Ladislav Mucina's study of plant communities will contribute to successful mine rehabilitation

Vegetation science specialist UWA Professor Ladislav Mucina’s study of plant communities will contribute to successful mine rehabilitation A new project being carried out by The University of Western Australia which will help resource companies with mine site rehabilitation. The University of Western Australia research focuses on the species-rich kwongan shrublands in WA’s mid-west. It specifically Read More

Big investment doubles capacity at key Port of Townsville asset

l-r Townsville MP Scott Stewart, Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke, Ports Minister Mark Bailey, Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper.

left to right are: Townsville MP Scott Stewart, Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke, Ports Minister Mark Bailey, Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper. The Port of Townsville is investing $55 million to upgrade Berth 4 and double its capacity. The investment would enable another two million tonnes of product to go through the Read More

Hurt money goes to charity

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Frikkie Sadie and Adam Self. Cannington Mine’s planning department team pride themselves on conjuring up unusual charity challenges, with Frikkie Sadie and Adam Self raising the bar this year. Mr Sadie and Mr Self each completed more than 600 burpees - a push-up exercise transitioning into a standing position – within 60 minutes in a Read More

Cyclone rebuilding funding detailed

Central Queensland rebuilding efforts have been boosted with the recent announcement of a $27.75m Federal Government Category D cyclone recovery package. The funding would include help for the local government areas of Rockhampton, Livingstone, Banana and surrounding districts, local federal members Michelle Landry (Capricornia) and Ken O’Dowd (Flynn) said. It includes $20m to rebuild damaged Read More

Councils win on recovery work

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Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow talks to council workers during the TC Marcia clean-up. The Local Government Association of Queensland has claimed a win in the battle to have councils reimbursed for day labour under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements. The Abbott Government has lifted restrictions that limited such funds to the use of contract Read More

Cap Coast construction opportunity

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An artist’s impression of the water play feature, designed by Vee Design and David Joffe from Natureworks, which is being built by JM Kelly Builders. Council releases plans for foreshore works worth more than $30m over three years. Livingstone Shire Council aims to roll out another $30 million in civil and construction works over the Read More

Automation workshops in Townsville and Mackay

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Siemens is holding workshops in Townsville and Cairns tomorrow and Thursday (22 and 23 July) introducing innovations in process control. In conjunction with supplier PRTS, experts will give briefings on the updated TIA portal. See attached for details. The portal integrates controllers, distributed I/O, HMI, drives, motion control and motor management.

The AusIMM North West Queensland Branch Regional Mining Conference and Innovation Awards

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The AusIMM North West Queensland Branch will be holding its annual conference on 14th August 2015 in Cloncurry.  The conference theme is: ‘Innovation: Challenging standard practices to find value in adverse conditions’. Scheduled to take place on Friday 14th August, 2015 in Cloncurry. The event is aimed at continuing to build professional networks across operations Read More

Spending boost to improve mills

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Mackay Sugar’s Marion Mill recently underwent major works on the milling trains and had two cooling towers replaced with one large high-capacity tower. Mackay Sugar plans a $100 million boost in spending on maintenance and capital works projects across its mills over the next five years. Chief executive officer Quinton Hildebrand said the company had Read More

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