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Asbestos riddled through Roe 8 site confirmed through testingWednesday 18th of January 2017 11:33:23 AM

It has been confirmed after testing that asbestos has been found on the Roe 8 site, with the toxic material rising in plumes of dust from clearing in the bushland in Coolbellup. The Barnett government is currently clearing bushland along the route for the contentious Roe highway extension, which ....


Union calling on large companies to offer more apprenticeships Tuesday 17th of January 2017 11:08:41 AM

It is believed by the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union state official, Jason Lund, that unless major employers like mining companies offer more programs to train new workers for permanent jobs, the region will see an influx of 457 visa holders to fill labour shortages in the ....


Second stage of the Sydney Metro tunnels project given the go-aheadMonday 16th of January 2017 11:49:27 AM

This year construction will begin on the twin tunnels that will start at Chatswood and travel beneath the Sydney Harbour, through the CBD to Sydenham and on to Bankstown. Planning approval includes: • delivering 16.5km of new metro rail between Chatswood and Sydenham, including 15.5km of new ....


Protesters ramp things up at Roe 8 building siteFriday 13th of January 2017 10:44:53 AM

The fences guarding the Roe 8 building site were pushed down yesterday morning by protesters, forcing police to take action. A woman had also created a platform up in a tree and more people chained themselves to machinery. Clearing of bushland is due to continue to make way for the Roe 8 road, ....


Workshops designed to teach women tradie skillsFriday 13th of January 2017 09:48:16 AM

In a bid to break the gender imbalance in the male dominated trades industry, workshops aimed at teaching young women how to use tools are being offered around the country. A national report that was recently conducted found that only 14.7% of women made up the technicians and trade ....


Bid to stop Roe 8 project rejected by Federal CourtTuesday 10th of January 2017 09:44:11 AM

A Federal Court bid to stop work on Perth’s controversial $450 million Roe 8 road project has failed. The Save Beeliar Wetlands group’s application for an injunction was rejected by Federal Court Justice Antony Siopis. The injunction was based on an argument that the government had failed to ....


New coal mine reveals plansThursday 5th of January 2017 11:25:42 AM

130 kilometres north-west of Rockhampton plans are underway to develop the Styx Coal project which will potentially look to the region for up to 500 workers. Fairway Coal and Styx Coal, wholly owned subsidiaries of Mineralogy Proprietary Limited, are behind the proposal. Managing director of ....


Vowed scrapping of Roe 8 project if WA Labor electedThursday 5th of January 2017 10:38:02 AM

If WA Labor wins the March election, they have vowed to scrap the controversial Roe 8 and Perth Freight Link projects. The Roe 8 contract that was recently signed would be renegotiated immediately upon Labor forming government, stated opposition leader Mark McGowan. This would free up $1.7 ....


Fancy a job in the Antarctic? Thursday 5th of January 2017 10:22:40 AM

The Australian Antarctic Division is currently on a recruitment drive to fill 100 jobs. Human resources manager Andrew Groom said the division was looking for electricians, plumbers, carpenters, chefs, and doctors for a new team of expeditioners for the 2017/2018 season. Good technical skills ....


QR contract transfer being investigated by Crime and Corruption CommissionWednesday 4th of January 2017 11:22:59 AM

A decision by Queensland Rail has been referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission, with the decision regarding the transfer of eight contracts worth $20 million held by Walton Queensland to the alleged phoenix company Peloton 3 days before the builder went into administration. The move ....


BlastBoss launches structural water-sealing barrierTuesday 3rd of January 2017 11:29:03 AM

BlastBoss, an Australian blasting technology company have launched their new structural water-sealing barrier called Dryshot to significantly improve blasting performance. CEO David Handel said that Dryshot was developed to greatly reduce cost per blast to operators whilst maximising production ....


AGL receives approval for wind farm from PACFriday 30th of December 2016 11:52:54 AM

Recently AGL Energy Limited received approval from the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) to construct the Silverton Wind Farm in western NSW. The NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s (DPE) recommendation to approve AGL’s Modification 3 application was accepted by PAC. Wind ....


Downer wins solar farm contractFriday 30th of December 2016 11:38:26 AM

A $190 million solar farm contract has been secured by engineering group Downer EDI in North Queensland. FRV, a global solar development company has awarded Downer with the contract to build, operate and maintain the developing 100 megawatts Clare Valley Solar farm in North Queensland. Downer ....


Protestors chain themselves to stop Roe 8 projectWednesday 21st of December 2016 10:07:28 AM

The gates of a construction company’s yard have been blocked by two women who locked themselves to the gates in protest against Perth’s controversial Roe 8 project. Protesters Sarah Ward and Susan Flavell chained themselves in Bibra Lake on Tuesday morning and say they are determined to stop ....


Hazelwood: facing the full cost of brown coal miningMonday 19th of December 2016 10:09:48 AM

Scrape as little as 6 metres below the surface and you will find brown coal, but what’s left at the end of the process is a great big hole with very little dirt and rock left to fill it back in. What makes brown coal mining so cheap also makes rehabilitating Victoria's mines very expensive and ....


Arrium are offering apprenticeshipsFriday 16th of December 2016 10:37:08 AM

Arrium has announced that it will be recruiting between 10 to 15 apprentices at both its steel and mining businesses, despite having a difficult year. Fabricators, fitters and electricians will be incorporated as the apprentices will be recruited across the business. According to an ....


The carbon pricing debate explainedTuesday 6th of December 2016 01:01:59 PM

With the Government confirming the introduction of a carbon price for power companies as part of the climate change review, the debate over pricing carbon has been reignited. The ousting of Malcolm Turnbull as opposition leader in 2009 and Kevin Rudd as prime minister in 2010 can both be ....


Komatsu Dozers Benefit QLD GraziersMonday 21st of November 2016 02:49:08 PM

Large and mid-sized bulldozers are an important workhorse for western Queensland’s large properties.One of the region’s best-kept secrets is a dozer range with a unique transmission feature that is ideal for the type of work required in these challenging conditions. Graziers and pastoralists ....


Demand for apprentices increases in CairnsWednesday 9th of November 2016 02:10:28 PM

A swing in the right direction for the demand of apprentices and trainees is keeping pace with an increasingly positive employment outlook in Cairns. Skill 360 Australia Cairns interim chief executive officer Michael Phillips said the organisation had and increased number of vacancies for ....


Health spa and lake proposed for Hazelwood siteFriday 4th of November 2016 09:16:42 AM

After the expected closure of Hazelwood in March 2017, several years later the entire 1300 hectare site should be transformed into a sprawling lake and health spa. The transformation from belching stacks and gouged pit to tranquil water feature should take about 12 years, Engie Australia ....


As Australian pollution climbs, NSW sets net-zero carbon emissions goal by 2050 Thursday 3rd of November 2016 03:37:03 PM

NSW, home to Australia's largest economy, will set a goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and allocate $500 million over five years to help spur the transition to renewable energy. The aspirational target comes as new analysis of Australia's emissions point to national pollution far ....


Whitsundays solar farm will offer 200 construction jobsTuesday 25th of October 2016 12:38:48 PM

Approximately 200 jobs will be on offer during construction of a solar farm in the Whitsunday region according to the State Government. Meeting for Community Cabinet in the Whitsundays, Minister for Energy Mark Bailey said the Whitsunday solar farm Edify Energy and its development partner Solar ....


Mental Health Week 9th - 15th OctoberMonday 10th of October 2016 11:46:39 AM

Minister for Health Sussan Ley has used the start of Mental Health Week (9 October – 15 October) to promote community awareness about mental health issues and remind Australians about the importance of the social and emotional wellbeing of themselves, their families, loved ones and ....


Significant health concerns caused by low frequency noiseMonday 10th of October 2016 11:34:57 AM

Associate Professor Mariana Alves-Pereira an expert on low frequency noise (LFN) was talking to residents about the impacts of LFN in Bulga this week and how current measurement regimes do not provide accurate data for assessing those impacts. “Noise is an innate mechanical force – it’s ....


Men twice as likely to benefit from tax cut than womenMonday 10th of October 2016 10:29:17 AM

With men more than twice as likely to benefit than women, male mining engineers, school principals, surgeons and anaesthetists will be the ones who will mostly benefit from the high-end tax cut before the Senate. The analysis, by the Australian Greens, comes ahead of a vote on the $4 billion cut ....


Growth and expansion plans for NPETuesday 27th of September 2016 02:46:48 PM

National Pump & Energy takes yet another step forward in their continued success with the appointment of a new National-West Sales Manager to drive an exciting new growth and expansion phase for the business. The pumping, power generation and compressed air specialists are proud to announce ....


Norwegian oil & gas company fighting climate changeTuesday 27th of September 2016 09:44:57 AM

Senior vice-president for sustainability Bjorn Otto Sverdrup is not a typical oil executive, preferring to ride a bike to work saving the production of carbon emission from using a car like his Norwegian colleagues. Mr Sverdrup is proud to work for one of the world's biggest fossil fuel ....


Record debt and deficit for WA this yearFriday 23rd of September 2016 10:51:00 AM

WA has now unveiled its highest ever deficit and debt compared to several years ago when it was the nation’s strongest economy right in the middle of Australia’s greatest mining boom. The WA government recorded an operating deficit of $2.02 billion for the last financial year and net ....


Adani to own Abbot Port Coal TerminalThursday 22nd of September 2016 08:43:53 AM

An agreement has been finalised by Adani to buy the company which operates the Abbot Point Coal Terminal. Even though Adani acquired a 99 year lease for the port from the state government in 2011, a subsidiary of Glencore has been running the port’s operations. The completion of the ....


Cash Injection for Country VictoriaWednesday 21st of September 2016 11:48:14 AM

More than $1 billion from the privatisation of the Port of Melbourne has been committed to rural and regional projects. The Victorian Government this week signed a 50-year, $9.7 billion lease to local and foreign-owned investors, the Lonsdale Consortium, with $970 million from the deal to be ....


EPA approves iron ore sky-rail over PilbaraWednesday 21st of September 2016 11:45:31 AM

The Environmental Protection Authority has given the green light to a Western Australian mining company’s plan to build a sky-rail to transport iron ore across the Pilbara. The project proposed by Mineral Resources Limited is a 330 kilometre rail that would run from the Iron Valley project ....


iCompLii Investment OpportunityWednesday 21st of September 2016 08:23:21 AM

Over the last 5 years, MiningLink has grown to be the largest digital media outlet for the mining and resources industry, and now, on average reaching well and truly over a million people per week. But lets roll back briefly to where it all started. From the initial concept to connect the ....


Will GLNG slow production to beat low gas prices?Monday 12th of September 2016 10:09:46 AM

Liquefied natural gas plants in Gladstone are continuing to respond to low prices as Santos talks at running below capacity and APLNG looks to enter the domestic market. It was announced on Wednesday that a new $80 million pipeline is to be built in Southern Queensland that would allow APLNG ....


Australian steel companies can't compete with pricesMonday 12th of September 2016 09:33:19 AM

A Federal Government report has found that Bluescope and other Australian steel makers can’t compete fairly with dumped Asian steel. Steel campaigner Arthur Rorris stated it would be “reckless” for the state government to oppose the Greens steel bill, which will soon return to the NWS ....


Solar farm to take over former coal-fired power stationFriday 9th of September 2016 11:08:46 AM

The land of a former coal-fired power station will become a major solar farm to which many would see as a symbolic change for Australia’s energy sector. Yesterday Collinsville and Whitsunday solar farms were each given $9.5 million in funding boosts. Whilst this grows the number of solar farms ....


Proposed expansion for WA's most advanced uranium mineWednesday 7th of September 2016 10:35:43 AM

Western Australia’s most advanced uranium mine company says environmental approval for a proposed expansion will strengthen the project’s economics. An expansion of Toro Energy’s proposed uranium mine near Wiluna has been recommended by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for ....


Unions fight for FIFO workers mental healthWednesday 7th of September 2016 09:12:53 AM

For more than a year after a government inquiry recommended industry changes, mining companies are still being accused of treating fly-in fly-out workers poorly by not looking after their mental health. Unions and relatives of workers that have died are criticising the WA government for not ....


Chinese coal ship owner trying to avoid reef clean-upWednesday 7th of September 2016 08:46:57 AM

A chinese coal carrier owned by Shenzhen Energy Transport are expected to pay for the clean-up of the Douglas Shoal which was contaminated with toxic paint flakes when the Shen Neng 1 steered off course and grounded in April 2010. The Australian government is seeking at least $120 million from ....


North Stradbroke mining company announces early restructureTuesday 6th of September 2016 01:20:47 PM

The local sand mining company of Stradbroke Island owned by Sibelco announced it would be restructuring ahead of the Queensland Government’s planned 2019 mining phase-out which has locals concerned about the island’s economic future. The island near Brisbane has been a well-loved tourist ....


Darwin gas project construction in final stagesTuesday 6th of September 2016 12:31:47 PM

A natural gas project in Darwin worth $US37 billion has reached its final construction phase announcing a big drop in workers at the site. The site is scheduled to start processing LNG by next year. The last 3 modules being large pieces of structural, mechanical and processing equipment ....


Rare earths project approved to build pilot processing plant in the Kimberley Tuesday 6th of September 2016 11:19:50 AM

A company has received government approval to build a pilot processing plant near Halls Creek in the Kimberley, the same company that is looking to build Australia’s first heavy rare earths mine. The company named North Minerals which also owns the Browns Range deposit near the Western ....


Tablelands to construct $75 million "green" power stationThursday 1st of September 2016 10:11:29 AM

The Far North’s biggest sugar miller, MSF, has revealed plans for power plants at its four factories, with the first to be built at its mill near Mareeba in May next year. The Tablelands leaders are confident the “green” power station will propel the region to the forefront of clean ....


Pay cut rejected by Arrium steel workersFriday 26th of August 2016 10:52:12 AM

A 10% pay cut which was proposed by the administrators has been rejected by Arrium steel workers, meaning the Enterprise Agreement with management would soon expire. Mr Mentha said it would be a ‘real difficulty’ for the administrators to sell the business with an expired Enterprise ....


QLD government takes action to prevent toxic spillFriday 26th of August 2016 09:09:25 AM

The ABC reveals emergency action has been taken by Queensland Government officials to stop large mine storage ponds located on the Queensland-New South Wales border from leaking heavy metals into the Murray-Darling system. The processing ponds of a Texas silver mine in southern Queensland ....


Asbestos found in equipment imported from ChinaWednesday 24th of August 2016 01:17:42 PM

Imports of asbestos have been banned for decades in Australia, but somehow the material has made its way back into the country specifically in equipment sourced from china for Port Pirie’s Nyrstar $563 million smelter redevelopment. It was the keen eye of the workers who discovered the ....


$5.8 million contract awarded to clean up steelworks waste dumpWednesday 24th of August 2016 08:59:04 AM

A $5.8 million contract to remediate a former BHP waste dump on Kooragang Island has been awarded by the Hunter Development Corporation. A Perth-based firm known as the Georgiou Group will remediate 13 hectares of land used as a waste dump by BHP for the Mayfield steelworks from around ....


WA companies trying to scrap EBA for coal workersTuesday 23rd of August 2016 09:27:07 AM

A major union says the Fair Work Commission agreed to scrap workers’ Enterprise Bargaining Agreements at the financially troubled Griffin Coal mine, which has resulted in several Western Australian companies trying to cut workers’ wages. The decision meant wages could legally be cut by ....


Profits Double for BlueScopeMonday 22nd of August 2016 11:36:54 AM

BlueScope has more than doubled its profits in this financial year – but further cost savings in the coming year have been flagged. In the 2015-16 financial year it saw a net profit after tax of $353.8 million – up 160 percent from the previous year’s $136.3 million. CEO Paul ....


Padbury Mining directors finedMonday 22nd of August 2016 11:05:29 AM

After a misleading and failed $6 billion Oakajee funding announcement, two directors of Padbury Mining have been fined and banned from managing corporations for three years. The company had announced in 2014 that it had secured $6 billion for the Oakajee port and rail project in WA. This ....


Origin Energy tell energy ministers not to interfereFriday 19th of August 2016 11:48:54 AM

After recent complications in South Australia prior to likely electricity price rises, Origin Energy are asking the energy ministers not to interfere in the energy markets. Grant King, the head of Origin Energy, has a message for the meeting with the State and federal energy ministers ....


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Asbestos Riddled Through Roe 8 Site Confirmed Through Testing
It has been confirmed after testing that asbestos has been found on the Roe 8 site, with the toxic material rising in plumes of dust from clearing in the bushland in Coolbellup. The Barnett ....

Union Calling On Large Companies To Offer More Apprenticeships
It is believed by the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union state official, Jason Lund, that unless major employers like mining companies offer more programs to train new workers for permanent ....

Second Stage Of The Sydney Metro Tunnels Project Given The Go Ahead
This year construction will begin on the twin tunnels that will start at Chatswood and travel beneath the Sydney Harbour, through the CBD to Sydenham and on to Bankstown. Planning approval ....

Protesters Ramp Things Up At Roe 8 Building Site
The fences guarding the Roe 8 building site were pushed down yesterday morning by protesters, forcing police to take action. A woman had also created a platform up in a tree and more people chained ....

Workshops Designed To Teach Women Tradie Skills
In a bid to break the gender imbalance in the male dominated trades industry, workshops aimed at teaching young women how to use tools are being offered around the country. A national report that ....