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Entries open for the Smart Ideas Competition, part of the Hunter Innovation FestivalFriday 24th of March 2017 09:40:14 AM

If you have a product, service or simply a concept that can benefit the Hunter, now is the time to voice it. Read Full Story Here


Northern Gas Pipeline contractor axed, Jemena to re-tender for partnerThursday 23rd of March 2017 10:38:24 AM

The company developing the $800 million gas pipeline that would link Tennant Creek and Mt Isa has terminated its construction deal three weeks after announcing delays resulting from land access problems. Read Full Story Here


Construction to start on Moranbah Resource Recovery CentreTuesday 21st of March 2017 09:59:43 AM

Construction is set to begin this month on the $7.16 million Moranbah Resource Recovery Centre Expansion and Improvement Project. Read Full Story Here


Adani: Qld Premier, mayors hope to convince company to go ahead with Carmichael mineMonday 20th of March 2017 10:04:54 AM

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and a group of regional mayors hope their visit to India will help convince Adani to go ahead with the $21.7 billion Carmichael coal mine. Read Full Story Here


Securing Australia's energy future with snowy mountains 2.0Friday 17th of March 2017 09:37:39 AM

The Turnbull Government will start work on an electricity game-changer: the plan for the Snowy Mountains Scheme 2.0. This plan will increase the generation of the Snowy Hydro scheme by 50%, adding 2000 megawatts of renewable energy to the National Electricity Market - enough to power 500,000 ....


HUGE PROJECTS: 3000 jobs for FIFOs keen for workThursday 16th of March 2017 09:52:59 AM

Thousands of mining and construction jobs could be on the way up north after the Northern Territory government signed off on two major mining projects. Read Full Story Here


Hunter economy trending upwardTuesday 14th of March 2017 09:46:19 AM

Hunter Valley Research Foundation lead economist Anthea Bill told Tuesday’s Hunter Economic Breakfast that December quarter results showed businesses recording their strongest confidence readings for three years. Read Full Story Here


Rail delivered for Tarcoola upgradeMonday 13th of March 2017 10:19:58 AM

The first 10,000 tonnes of rail track made of Arrium steel has been delivered to outback South-Australian locations in preparation for laying down new track for the Adelaide-Tarcoola Rail Upgrade. Read Full Story Here


Gladstone DIDO workers 'suited to construction' of mega-mineMonday 13th of March 2017 09:54:25 AM

Baralaba Coal Company has revealed its plans to make Baralaba a central Queensland mining hub by building a huge new mine, with 150 workers needed during construction, and another 400 once its fully operational. Read Full Story Here


Senate inquiry into Adani mine to beginMonday 13th of March 2017 09:38:38 AM

A senate inquiry into legislative changes which could affect Adani's proposed Queensland coal mine will hear from stakeholders in Brisbane on Monday but activists want the time extended. Read Full Story Here


Asbestos found during Orica Kooragang Island's $67-million overhaulThursday 9th of March 2017 10:59:50 AM

In an enclosed part of Orica’s Kooragang Island plant, dozens of workers have been exposed to potentially deadly asbestos fibres after the material was found where they were working allegedly without the proper protective gear, the unions say. Orica has not denied the asbestos discovery ....


Start of Northern Gas Pipeline construction delayedMonday 6th of March 2017 11:56:35 AM

The start of construction for the Northern Gas Pipeline that is to run from Tennant Creek to Mt Isa has been pushed back a number of weeks. Jemena, the company in charge of the pipeline said it needed more time to finalise outstanding land access approvals, the construction was originally ....


Why Mackay is not following the FIFO crazeThursday 2nd of March 2017 02:24:46 PM

The trend may be for central Queensland councils to create jobs by turning to the mining companies for FIFO contracts, but Mayor Greg Williamson has ruled out this tactic. Only weeks after BHP Billiton chose Townsville to fill more than 200 FIFO jobs to the Bowen Basin, Townsville Regional ....


Massive M1 Princes Motorway upgrade work has begunTuesday 28th of February 2017 01:20:05 PM

As of Monday, the early stages of the M1 Princes Motorway upgrade are underway with geotechnical investigations and survey work taking place along the motorway, from the Picton Road intersection to Bellambi Creek. The work is to assist in the planning of a substantial upgrade of the ....


Olive Downs coal mine project takes the next stepFriday 24th of February 2017 01:19:42 PM

The Olive Downs project coal mine proposal near Moranbah has moved a step closer to being approved leaving Central Queenslanders feeling more positive. The $1 billion project will create more than 1000 jobs and this week it was given the ‘co-ordinated project’ status requiring an ....


Legal bid launched to pay QLD apprentices less than awardFriday 24th of February 2017 11:52:54 AM

A legal bid has been launched by Queensland’s peak construction bodies to continue paying first-year apprentices $8.93 per hour, almost $4 less than the award. The unions have slammed the move, but the industries say it was the only choice available to them to clear up inefficient and ....


Construction of Wind turbines at Muswellbrook Coal mine a possibilityThursday 23rd of February 2017 10:47:57 AM

If the results of a wind speed study at Muswellbrook Coal mine are successful the possibility of wind turbines running on rehabilitated mine land is strong. $50,000 has been committed towards a wind data collection study at the Idemitsu mine by the Muswellbrook Shire Council, as part of a long ....


Work on turning former mine site into renewable energy hub has begunThursday 23rd of February 2017 10:15:03 AM

In Far North Queensland a former mine site that is to be converted into a renewable energy hub is expected to generate electricity by the end of the year. The first sod was turned for the 50mW Kidston solar project near Georgetown, about 400km southwest of Cairns, yesterday. Phase one of the ....


Massive $950m Gladstone project wins approval creating 3200 potential jobsWednesday 22nd of February 2017 01:16:21 PM

A $950 million planned resort 30km south of Gladstone has people excited as it’s tipped to give a boost to the tourism industry and jobs. The project includes resort hotels, holiday units, camping grounds, residential housing, a golf course, private airstrip, shops and village ....


$30 million Bowen Basin Jobs Package under fireMonday 20th of February 2017 02:26:53 PM

As the new chair of the $30 million Bowen Basin Jobs Package, Graeme Kanofski just wants to start creating jobs in the Bowen Basin after a few days with “bureaucrats and politicians”. It is Mr Kanofski’s job to bring it all together, once he has been given the framework of how the package ....


Productivity, progress and diversity key for potential BHP Billiton suppliersThursday 16th of February 2017 08:58:22 AM

It’s rare for suppliers to gain detailed insight into the supply management and purchasing strategies of a mining giant like BHP Billiton, but the 240 attendees at last week’s Bowen Basin Mining Club event were treated to exactly that. The sold-out event at Mackay’s Entertainment & ....


Apprentices underpaid across Queensland, eligible for millionsFriday 10th of February 2017 11:16:10 AM

The Fair Work Commission has found that many Queensland apprentices have been paid under the wrong award rate for more than three years, which means apprentices across the state could be eligible for millions of dollars in back pay. On Tuesday an appeal was dismissed against a Fair Work ....


Central Queensland added to the Federal government suicide prevention programTuesday 7th of February 2017 03:07:30 PM

An extension of the Federal government’s suicide prevention program was announced on Monday leading to Central Queensland being added to the trial sites. Federal minister for health Greg Hunt told ABC's 7.30 program the government would announce more rural suicide prevention sites including in ....


FIFO workers, have your sayTuesday 7th of February 2017 01:18:24 PM

The question posed by Central Queensland University (CQU) psychology student Kristie-Lee Alfrey is “what’s the effect of FIFO jobs on workers and their partners?” and she needs FIFO workers to have their input. Ms Alfrey's survey-based study will look closer at the health behaviour and ....


To pay legal costs of Roe 8 protestors, Fremantle council backs fundraisersTuesday 7th of February 2017 10:51:46 AM

A motion to support fundraising concerts has been passed by Fremantle council, the concerts would be held to help pay the legal costs of protestors against the $1.9 billion Perth Freight Link project. Support by the City of Fremantle to waive Town Hall hire fees, and provide $5000 for ....


Poll reveals Australians against Carmichael rail project loanWednesday 1st of February 2017 10:50:55 AM

Despite Central Queensland and Gladstone desperately needing jobs from Adani’s Carmichael mine, GetUp released a poll today that revealed 74.4% of Australians disagree with the Turnbull Government’s decision to give the Carmichael mine a $1 billion loan to build its rail line. In ....


200 FIFO mine jobs for TownsvilleWednesday 1st of February 2017 10:23:59 AM

Townsville is being turned to by BHP Billiton to fill 200 jobs at Peak Downs and Saraji mines. The word is about 70 of the jobs have already gone to Moranbah locals, but BHP have turned to Townsville to fill the 200 FIFO contract jobs, advised through labour hire contractors. Labour ....


Environmental groups anger over the expansion of Loy Yang B power stationMonday 30th of January 2017 11:28:21 AM

As Engie prepares to shut down the Hazelwood plant and coal mine in March, The planned upgrade of the Loy Yang B power station, which is a major generator of Victoria’s coal-fired electricity, is sparking protests from environmental groups over the effect on carbon emissions. The ....


Mudgee residents encouraged to attend mining information sessionMonday 30th of January 2017 10:16:34 AM

A drop-in information session is being held at Mudgee Golf Club Today and mid Western residents are being encouraged to attend. The information session has been put in place to learn more about the draft Social Impact Assessment guidelines for state significant resource projects currently on public ....


How Gladstone businesses can get involved with AdaniWednesday 25th of January 2017 11:20:35 AM

Gladstone Engineering Alliance say that after attending the Adani Supplier Roadshow in Rockhampton this week they would advise Gladstone people and businesses to act now if they want to be involved with Adani’s mega coal mine in Queensland. GEA chief executive officer Carli Homann said the ....


Unprecedented community interest in Adani Supplier RoadshowMonday 23rd of January 2017 05:02:14 PM

The first of five presentations from the Adani Supplier Roadshow commenced today in Rockhampton, with 250 people attending at the Rockhampton Leagues Club venue to hear from Adani and Downer Group and find out about the project’s commencement timelines and supply opportunities. With over ....


Acland mine receives Federal Government approvalMonday 23rd of January 2017 10:51:04 AM

Federal Government Approval has been given to a $900 million expansion of Queensland’s Acland open-cut coal mine, but the mine still has some hurdles to overcome before going ahead. 260 construction jobs are expected to open up for the controversial expansion along with the guarantee of ....


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 ....


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Entries Open For The Smart Ideas Competition, Part Of The Hunter Innovation Festival
If you have a product, service or simply a concept that can benefit the Hunter, now is the time to voice it. Read Full Story Here

Northern Gas Pipeline Contractor Axed, Jemena To Re Tender For Partner
The company developing the $800 million gas pipeline that would link Tennant Creek and Mt Isa has terminated its construction deal three weeks after announcing delays resulting from land access ....

Construction To Start On Moranbah Resource Recovery Centre
Construction is set to begin this month on the $7.16 million Moranbah Resource Recovery Centre Expansion and Improvement Project. Read Full Story Here

Adani: Qld Premier, Mayors Hope To Convince Company To Go Ahead With Carmichael Mine
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and a group of regional mayors hope their visit to India will help convince Adani to go ahead with the $21.7 billion Carmichael coal mine. Read Full ....

Securing Australia's Energy Future With Snowy Mountains 2.0
The Turnbull Government will start work on an electricity game-changer: the plan for the Snowy Mountains Scheme 2.0. This plan will increase the generation of the Snowy Hydro scheme by 50%, adding ....