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Feb 06, 2020
Keith Pitt takes over resources portfolio

Keith Pitt takes over resources portfolio

Bundaberg-based MP Keith Pitt has been named as the new federal Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia. The Member for Hinkler succeeds Queensland Senator Matt Canavan, who stood down from the position on Monday night. New Resources Minister Keith Pitt. “Before entering politics I was a tradesman, an engineer, a small business owner and… ...

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Jan 30, 2020
New economy mineral focus in latest exploration funding

New economy mineral focus in latest exploration funding

A new funding round has opened under Queensland’s Collaborative Exploration Initiative, targeting projects in North and North West Queensland. This round encourages the exploration of new economy minerals including cobalt, gallium, germanium, graphite, indium, lithium, manganese, molybdenum, niobium, platinum group elements, rare earth elements, rhenium, scandium, silver, tantalum, tungsten,...

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Jan 29, 2020
Green light for major battery storage project

Green light for major battery storage project

Wandoan is set to host one of Australia’s largest grid-scale batteries under a 15-year agreement between AGL and Vena Energy Australia. AGL chief executive officer Brett Redman said the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) would have a capacity of 100 megawatts (MW) and store 150 megawatt hours of energy, which could power up to 57,000… ...

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Dec 20, 2019
Exploration drilling demand strong going into 2020

Exploration drilling demand strong going into 2020

A strong outlook for gold and battery-material metals such as vanadium and cobalt are driving high demand for North Queensland drilling services, according to Eagle Drilling NQ general manager Sally Forgan. Ms Forgan expects the company to boost its workforce by about 25 per cent to meet demand in 2020. She was commenting after the… ...

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Dec 11, 2019
Major project status puts vanadium mine in fast lane

Major project status puts vanadium mine in fast lane

The Federal Government has granted major project status to a North West Queensland vanadium mine, with construction set to kick off in 2020. The fast-tracking of the Saint Elmo project near Julia Creek fits the government goal of positioning Australia as a key global player in critical minerals. Proponent Multicom Resources plans an open-cut mine… ...

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Nov 27, 2019
Bowen Coking Coal reports drilling success

Bowen Coking Coal reports drilling success

Bowen Coking Coal has reported success in its maiden drilling program at its Hillalong coking coal project near Glenden in the Bowen Basin. Hillalong, adjacent to Hail Creek mine, is subject to a farm-in agreement with Sumitomo Corporation, which will spend up to $7.5 million to earn up to 20 per cent of the project…. ...

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Nov 26, 2019
Boost for $7m Rosslea renewal plan for Tec-NQ

Boost for $7m Rosslea renewal plan for Tec-NQ

Training organisation Tec-NQ is set to replace and expand its flood-damaged Rosslea base after news of a $3.25 million grant. Member for Townsville Scott Stewart announced the funding under the Queensland Independent Schools Block Grant Authority. It will set the ball rolling for Tec-NQ to pursue the remainder of the money needed for the $7… ...

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Nov 19, 2019
State targets ‘new economy’ minerals

State targets ‘new economy’ minerals

The State Government has unveiled a $13.8 million investment package to tap into the ‘new economy’ minerals bounty in North and North West Queensland. In Mount Isa today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the five-year package aimed to encourage new exploration, re-investigate old mines and probe geological information stores. “Global demand is set to soar for… ...

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Nov 14, 2019
Government boosts support for critical mineral projects

Government boosts support for critical mineral projects

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement of new finance pathways for critical minerals projects, along with a special project facilitation office. Projects which boost Australia’s ability to extract and process critical minerals will be eligible for financial support through Export Finance Australia (EFA). Changes will also be made to allow proje...

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