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Jun 03, 2021
Move towards more sustainable shotcrete

Move towards more sustainable shotcrete

University of Queensland engineers are using crushed waste glass (CWG) to replace sand in shotcrete in the second phase of an industry-sponsored project. Dr Mehdi Serati from UQ’s School of Civil Engineering said the amount of sand in the world was finite, so ingenuity was necessary to solve the problem of a looming shortage. “Over the past 20… ...

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May 23, 2021
Mackay company refocus on manufacturing

Mackay company refocus on manufacturing

Partner provided content M&P Services (Qld) Pty Ltd has announced plans to cease its general transport operations and place all their focus on the Transportable Building (Manufacture, Hire & Sales) division.  With revenue in the transportable building division representing more than 80 per cent of the company turnover, it is no surprise that this would… ...

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May 21, 2021
‘Grand old dame’ ready for a facelift

‘Grand old dame’ ready for a facelift

Townsville’s Victoria Bridge is set for a makeover, with work starting next week to replace sections of the deck on the 132-year-old structure. Townsville City Council infrastructure services committee chairperson Kurt Rehbein said local tradespeople from JMac Constructions would carry out the work over the next three to four weeks. “Victoria Bridge is the grand… ...

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May 20, 2021
Call to drive a harder bargain on major transport projects

Call to drive a harder bargain on major transport projects

Australian taxpayers are paying too much for major road and rail projects because governments don’t drive a hard bargain on contracts with the big construction firms, according to a new Grattan Institute report. With Australia’s transport infrastructure costs weighing in above the global average, the ‘Megabang for megabucks’ report pointed the finger at a culture… ...

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May 19, 2021
Findings out in Carmichael erosion investigation

Findings out in Carmichael erosion investigation

A probe into alleged breaches of erosion control requirements on the Carmichael Rail Network construction project has found room for improvement, but no fundamental shortcomings in procedures. The Office of the Coordinator-General completed an investigation into the sediment and erosion controls in place along the construction corridor after complaints from the Mackay Conservation Group. MCG…...

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May 17, 2021
NAIF reforms welcome for $1.7b CopperString project

NAIF reforms welcome for $1.7b CopperString project

The proponents behind the $1.7 billion CopperString 2.0 project have welcomed reforms to extend the reach and life of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF). CuString chief executive officer Joseph O’Brien said the company was well advanced in its discussions for what was expected to be NAIF’s largest loan. “The government’s review identified some reforms… ...

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May 13, 2021
EOI call for $600m hybrid power project

EOI call for $600m hybrid power project

The proponents behind the $600 million North West Queensland Hybrid Power Project (NWQHPP) are calling for expressions of interest from contractors. State Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said the call was out for Queenslanders to build what could be Australia’s largest hybrid generator, generating 50 megawatts of cleaner, cheaper energy. Publicly… ...

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May 05, 2021
APA commits to $290m gas expansion project

APA commits to $290m gas expansion project

APA Group plans a $290 million expansion of its East Coast Grid gas infrastructure to increase capacity between Queensland and southern markets. The company announced it had reached a Final Investment Decision (FID) on the project to expand transportation capacity by about 25 per cent. APA also announced a significant new East Coast Grid gas… ...

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May 05, 2021
Aviation jobs boost for Rockhampton

Aviation jobs boost for Rockhampton

The Australian Government has committed $25 million in funding to help Alliance Airlines bring a maintenance and repair facility to Rockhampton. The new facility would bring jobs as well as millions of dollars of investment into Rockhampton economy, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack. Deputy Prime… ...

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