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Exploration feature event in Brisbane this month

Exploration

A distinguished line-up of speakers will tackle the topic of ‘Exploring Outside the Box’ at the first Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) event for the year. The conference, sponsored by Evolution Mining, will showcase new developments in exploration techniques. The QEC Technical Seminar will be held on Wednesday, February 17 at the Royal on the Park, Read More

Rail yard redevelopment scheme approved

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IMAGE: Indicative illustration of the rail yard transformation. The way has been opened for a Toowoomba railway precinct to be transformed into an urban village and parkland, after State Government approval of the development scheme. The Toowoomba Railway Parklands Priority Development Area development scheme covers a total area of 51.3 ha. In adopting the scheme, Read More

Plan highlights critical inland road repairs

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Photo: Charters Towers councillors Roma Bailey and Frank Beveridge with Regional Development Australia Townsville and North West Queensland chief executive officer Glenys Schuntner at the IQ-RAP launch. A new report on Queensland’s inland road network has identified $5 billion of works required over 18 years to bridge the gap between existing conditions and ‘fit for Read More

A bit of trivia - older drivers rule the roads

Driving Miss Daisy

Our drivers are more likely to be older than younger. Eighty-year-old-plus Australians are now more likely to drive than 18-24 year-olds, the latest national data from Roy Morgan shows. Over the past eight years, the proportion of Australians aged 80-plus who get behind the wheel has steadily increased—while 18-24 year-olds have become less inclined to Read More

Refinery head speaks out in defence of Palmer

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The managing director of Queensland Nickel (QN) has launched a defence of the refinery’s owner in the face of an extended coverage of Clive Palmer’s actions leading up to the declaration of voluntary administration. The $6m-plus legacy owed to more than 230 staff made redundant is in question. This is in the face of moves by Read More

Anglo’s polar opposite Q4 thermal and met coal production run

Experts have highlighted an oversupply of coal.Photo: Daimen Carty

Anglo American reported a drop in thermal coal exports of more than 20 per cent in the last quarter of last year to 7.7mt. Overall thermal coal exports for the year were down only two per cent to 33.6mt. Metallurgical coal was up 11 per cent for the same fourth quarter production but only up Read More

Strength in diversity

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Townsville North Queensland’s strengths are in its diversity. That’s the message coming out of slick new promotional film produced by peak industry body Townsville Enterprise (TEL). TEL last year launched its opportunity Townsville North Queensland initiative including satellite regions. The aim of the film was to whet the appetite of potential investors as to the Read More

Isaac region wants some attention

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker

Isaac Regional Council in the northern Bowen Basin has put its hand up for hardship funding coming from announcements made in the wake of the Queensland Nickel sackings. More than 230 staff were put off from Clive Palmer’s Townsville refinery after a move by the management team to enter into voluntary administration. The Premier has committed Read More

School build launches $60m project blitz

Woree State High School Principal Bruce Houghton, Member for Barron River Craig Crawford, Member for Cairns Rob Pyne and Queensland Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt at the new school site.

Photo: Woree State High School Principal Bruce Houghton, Member for Barron River Craig Crawford, Member for Cairns Rob Pyne and Queensland Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt at the school site.   Site works are due to start as soon as this week for the new Cairns Special School as a $60 million accelerated Read More

Homeground wins APLNG shutdown work

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Homeground Gladstone has entered into an exclusive accommodation agreement with ConocoPhillips, downstream operator of the Australia Pacific LNG facility, to meet shutdown workforce requirements. Homeground, a Decmil Group subsidiary, also currently provides shutdown accommodation for Rio Tinto’s Yarwun bauxite refinery in Gladstone. Decmil Group chief executive officer and managing director Scott Criddle said Homeground had Read More

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