CQ sell-off planned as Anglo abandons coal assets


Key Bowen Basin operations including Moranbah North and Grosvenor have been earmarked for sale as mining giant Anglo American backs away from coal. The company today announced the details of wide-ranging measures aimed at lifting cash flows and reducing net debt, while tightening the group’s focus on a core portfolio of diamond, platinum group metals Read More

Alarm on mining future as geo jobs decline

Lithium Australia Senior Geologist Neil Scholtz at Ravensthorpe WA

Job prospects for professional geoscientists remain on a downward slide according to Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) research. The group has voiced particular concern about the impact that reduced mineral and energy exploration work will have on the sector’s project pipeline. The unemployment rate amongst Australian geoscientists at the end of 2015 was 18.7 per Read More

First national small business ombudsman

Ged Kearney ACTU President & Kate Carnell Chief Executive ACCI, debate workplace relations at the National Press Club , Canberra, Tuesday 17th March,  2015. Photo: Mark Graham

Small businesses and subcontractors have a new avenue to air their grievances against the ‘big end of town’ with the creation of Australia’s first small business and family enterprise ombudsman. The position has been filled by Kate Carnell, the former head of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a small business owner in Read More

Spotlight on security of payment

Les Williamsand minister de Breni

PIC: Subcontractors Alliance chairman Les Williams with Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni. Subcontractors across Queensland have an opportunity to provide input into a State Government Security of Payment discussion paper. A road show rolled into Nambour and Maroochydore on January 28 with Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni in attendance Read More

Man on a mission

Les Williams and Kylie McIlroy

PIC: Subcontractors Alliance secretary Kylie McIlroy with chairman Les Williams The chairman of the national Subcontractors Alliance, Les Williams, was planning his retirement when the Walton Construction company collapsed owing millions in late 2013.  Rather than wait in the queue to get a portion of the $696,000 his WK Civil company was owed, he has Read More

Subcontractors make a stand


A fortnightly electronic bulletin is now being circulated across the state and farther afield in New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria and South Australia to keep subcontractors abreast of what is happening in their industry. “There are about 90,000 subcontractors in Queensland alone and we want as many of them as possible reading the newsletter Read More

Lonely day for FIFO workers on the job

William Johnson, Aaron Johnson, Guy Johnson, Amy Johnson_2cropped

PIC: William, Aaron, Guy and Amy Johnson reunited. Amy’s PhD into maintaining long distance relationships has messages for subbies working away from home.  Valentine’s Day last Sunday highlighted an aspect of being a subcontractor that can create a great deal of stress … working for weeks on end in remote locations far away from loved ones. Read More

Hope from the ashes

Peter Wellingotn and family

PIC: Nicklin MLA Peter Wellington, pictured with his family, has been praised for standing up for subcontractor rights in the Queensland Parliament. An organisation has emerged to represent a 450,000-strong section of the Australian business community with the expected incorporation this month of the new national Subcontractors Alliance. The Queensland-based alliance was spawned out of the collapse Read More

Large field of engineers in election race

Julie Mitchell headshot

 PIC: Outgoing RPEQ representative Julie Mitchell.   Sixty one registered professional engineers (RPEQ) are standing for election to the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ). BPEQ registrar Kylie Mercer said there was unprecedented interest in the 2016 election and a strong field of candidates vying for the position of RPEQ representative. “We have not Read More

Water industry workshop in Yeppoon


Central Queensland water industry workers will gather in Yeppoon this month for a training forum on water quality and distribution systems. Organised by Queensland Water, the workshop will see attendees run through a practical training program which is aimed at upskilling those in the industry. Livingstone Shire councillor Adam Belot said the council was delighted Read More

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