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This news website is no longer active. We have rebranded as Industry Queensland, offering a suite of products including e-bulletins, magazines, project maps and directories. The aim is still the same – helping businesses make the most of work and supply opportunities throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory. This includes sharing knowledge of upcoming projects, Read More

Auctus ready to roll with $100m Chillagoe project

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Auctus Minerals plans to start mining in late 2016 as it kicks off a $100 million project near Chillagoe, North Queensland. The private company holds a raft of former Kagara-owned assets in the area as a result of its $65 million takeover of Atherton Resources in late 2015. Managing director Steve Murdoch (pictured below) has Read More

Court paves way for QN money trail probe

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The Federal Court today granted an application by the Commonwealth Government to appoint Special Purpose Liquidators (SPLs) to recover outstanding monies from the Queensland Nickel liquidation. The court appointed Stephen Parbery, Marcus Ayres and Michael Owen from PPB Advisory as the Special Purpose Liquidators. Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said the SPLs would  be able to Read More

Region welcomes Hillalong coal plan

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Plans for a new coal mine near Glenden with potential to deliver 400 jobs for the region have been welcomed by Isaac Regional Mayor Anne Baker. Queensland Coal Exploration has submitted an environmental impact statement for the Hillalong mine project in the Bowen Basin, with construction to start in the second quarter of 2017, pending Read More

Palmer to sue Qld Nickel administrators

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Sunshine Coast politician and businessman Clive Palmer says he and two of his companies will serve a statement of claim seeking $1.2 billion in damages over the handling of the administration of Queensland Nickel. The action directed at administrator John Park and FTI Consulting would centre on “aiding and abetting a breach of trust and Read More

LNP in a pickle over backpacker pickers

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Members of the second largest farming sector in Queensland have accused the Liberal-National Party of placing them in a ‘swamp’ of uncertainty over moves to introduce the backpacker tax. Horticulture peak industry body Growcom is against the tax but said the caretaker government’s announcement they’d delay implementation by six months showed little appreciation of their industry. “January Read More

Resource heads signal low in confidence

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A long-running quarterly survey of resource company CEOs has found that confidence in the regulatory environment in Queensland is nearing a five-year low. Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche (pictured below) said that after last year’s change of State Government the sector had deemed it business as usual, but in the space of 12 Read More

ABC investigation into Mount Isa air quality

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The ABCs investigative radio program ‘Background Briefing’ is focusing on ongoing air quality issues in Mount Isa. The program, which goes to air on Sunday (15 May), questions owner Glencore’s assertions that it’s meeting national air quality guidelines. You can get a snapshot at http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/a-licence-to-pollute:-mount-isa-mines/7411166    

New ‘black lung’ case confirmed

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Another Queensland miner has been diagnosed with coal worker’s pneumoconiosis, also known as ‘black lung’.   Natural Resources and Mines Minister Anthony Lynham told Parliament tonight that a 55-year-old underground miner from central Queensland had been confirmed as having the disease. The miner has worked underground for 28 years, mainly in Queensland. The worker’s condition was Read More

First coal from Grosvenor longwall

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Anglo American’s $1.8 billion Grosvenor metallurgical coal operation in the Bowen Basin has delivered its first coal from its underground longwall. The company said the milestone came seven months ahead of schedule and was achieved at more than $US100 million below budget. Approved for development at the end of 2011, the Moranbah district mine has Read More

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