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Amrun briefing emphasises local involvement

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Rio Tinto will spend $1.5 billion in Queensland developing the Amrun bauxite project on Cape York. Rio is delivering briefings around the far north and the Cairns event last night drew more than 230 representatives with a stake in the supply chain. General manager of Amrun development Greg Rushford said the project underwrote the operational Read More

Report highlights coal calamity

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A third of Queensland’s coal mines are operating at a loss, a new report shows. The study by Wood Mackenzie was commissioned by the Queensland Resources Council as a part of its quarterly State of the Sector report. It has prompted calls from QRC chief executive Michael Roche for more support for the sector from Read More

CQ brickies join Vegas block party

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Laying 109 blocks in 20 minutes was not enough to make the winners’ podium for two Central Queensland men taking on a Fastest Trowel on the Block challenge in Las Vegas. Brothers Jack and Pat Sommerfeld of Mackay represented Australia in the contest during the 3rd annual Mason Contractors Association of America Convention. The pair, Read More

NQ dams focus of funding push

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Pictured: Townsville Enterprise general manager economic development Tracey Lines and Federal Member for Herbert Ewen Jones look over the local submission to the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. Townsville Enterprise has put forward a submission to secure a share of the Federal Government’s $25 million National Water Infrastructure Fund for the region. The economic development Read More

QGC makes supply simpler for local firms

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PIC: Western Auger Drilling at work for QGC in the Western Downs. QGC has launched a new policy and strategy to make it simpler for community and regional businesses to be part of its supply chain. The move comes as works start to roll out for the $1.7 billion Charlie development in the Surat Basin, Read More

Isaac Plains primed for restart

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Stanmore Coal says its Isaac Plains mine near Moranbah in Central Queensland is on track to produce its first coal shipments in April. The company awarded a three-year mining contract in December to Golding Contractors, who assume full site responsibilities from this week. Production drilling and coal processing plant refurbishment work began in January, according Read More

AGL turns down the gas

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AGL is backing away from gas exploration and production, with plans to sell a range of Queensland CSG assets. In an announcement today, the energy giant said those activities would no longer be a core business for the company due to the volatility of commodity prices and long development lead times. It plans to sell Read More

Chinatown land deal sinks

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PIC: Whitsunday deputy mayor Andrew Willcox. Whitsunday Regional Council has terminated its agreement to sell 45-71 Waterson Way, Airlie Beach to the developer behind the proposed $300 million Chinatown project. Whitsunday Chinatown Investments had until 4pm on Wednesday, February 3 to provide the council with the purchase price balance of $2.5 million and a bank Read More

Packages open in $800m northern pipeline project

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Accommodation services, 4WD vehicle hire and geotechnical investigation are among the work packages open for expressions of interest this month for Jemena’s $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline project. The 622km NGP (formerly known as the North East Gas Interconnector pipeline) will run between Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory and Mount Isa in Queensland to Read More

Media excited, locals cautious on Adani mine environmental approvals

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The Bowen community has reacted cautiously to news that Adani has been granted environmental approval to mine coal at its Carmichael lease in the Galilee Basin. Bowen is just south of Abbot Point, which is part of a mine, rail and port investment by the Indian utilities and energy giant that is touted to produce and Read More

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