Multi-million dollar maintenance spend


A new pan, weighing more than 50 tonnes, is lifted into place at the Inkerman mill. Wilmar Sugar’s in-house engineering team in the Burdekin region has completed its second multimillion-dollar pan fabrication project in two years as the company continues to invest heavily in improving mill reliability. Wilmar is spending more than $50 million on Read More

Bundaberg Sugar plant upgrade


The cane bin tippler in action at Bundaberg’s Millaquin Mill. Multimillion-dollar upgrade to lift capacity in southern region industry. Bundaberg Sugar will invest about $6m upgrading Bingera mill over the next three years, hot on the heels of a $40m improvement program at Millaquin. Four large evaporator vessels and a pan at Bingera will be Read More

Nordev gets a classic promo

Tony Abbott plus Nordev

Greg Rains from Nordev is active in the Institute of Quarrying Australia northern branch and is always open to an opportunity. He snapped this in the Prime Minister’s recent visit north of the Tropic of Capricorn.



When satire is the best form of communicating the urgency for infrastructure maintenance.

South 32 supports suppliers and considers expansion

2. Cannington

The Cannington silver-lead-zinc mine, near McKinlay in north-west Queensland. Extension plans for Cannington mine are on the table as the north-west Queensland operation officially begins its life as part of the new South32 resources company. Cannington asset president Peter Sharpe hopes to put a case before the South32 board within 12 months for work to Read More

Vacancies peak


Resources area councils feeling the pinch Several years ago the mining and resources boom had investors smiling from ear to ear as they cashed in on an inflated property amd rental markets across the regions. Strong demand meant that in some areas, wait-lists were established for those needing accommodation. Post downturn, reports from across the Read More

The North West’s falling Star

NW Star Logo

Fairfax has announced reduced news services across regional Queensland including in Mount Isa. The company expects to make as many as 22 ‘full time equivalent’ positions redundant. Among the cost-cutting is moves to reduce the frequency of the Mount Isa daily North West Star to three publications a week. The North Queensland register reported today Read More

Bounce for business

Brett Peterson_

MineX, the recent mining expo in Mount Isa drew a respectable 106 exhibitors and more than 1200 visitors. There were a lot of rusted-on suppliers who were out there to fly the flag and stake their support for the industry which continues to generate around $5.4b in export income annually. Glencore’s local budget allocation was Read More

Satellite certainty baselines new boundaries


The Vision Property Boundaries in 3D. Property boundary coordinates plotted to millimetre accuracy on Google platforms. The mining, construction and farming sectors are among the industries that could benefit from a new initiative being developed by a Queensland-based company and the state government. The project aims to provide greater positional certainty to property boundaries across Read More

Call for loyalty to the regions as numbers fall


Resident population figures for key regional cities in 2014: Townsville population – 192,038 – a 1.6 per cent increase on 2013 Net migration: negative 346 Toowoomba population – 161,970 – a 1.1 per cent increase Net migration: negative 247 Cairns population – 158, 985 – 1.3 per cent increase Net migration: negative 256 Mackay population Read More

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