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May 14, 2020
Green light for Olive Downs coking coal mine

Green light for Olive Downs coking coal mine

Pembroke Resources has received key federal approvals for its $1 billion Olive Downs coking coal project, south-east of Moranbah in Central Queensland. The final approvals under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act pave the way for the granting of mining leases and the start of construction, the company says. It follows the grant of… ...

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May 14, 2020
‘Tough day’ for Australia as ABS reveals COVID-19 job toll

‘Tough day’ for Australia as ABS reveals COVID-19 job toll

Almost 600,000 people in Australia lost their jobs between March and April, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Reacting to the news, Prime Minister Scott Morrison described it as ‘a tough day for Australia’. “Almost 600,000 jobs have been lost, every one of them devastating for those Australians, for their families, for their communities,”… ...

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May 14, 2020
SEEK sees promise ahead after April job ads plunge

SEEK sees promise ahead after April job ads plunge

Online job ads may have turned a corner after taking a massive plunge last month as the COVID-19 crisis took its toll. The latest SEEK Employment Report shows a 65.5 per cent drop in job ads nationwide last month compared to April last year and a 49.9 per cent drop from the March 2020 figure…. ...

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May 13, 2020
Carborough Downs cuts 160 jobs as COVID-19 bites

Carborough Downs cuts 160 jobs as COVID-19 bites

Fitzroy Australia Resources is shedding 160 contract positions at its Carborough Downs operation, about 20km east of Moranbah. The company says the cut is a direct result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Significant reductions in the price and demand for coking coal have occurred since mid-March due to lockdowns and reduced steel production across the… ...

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May 13, 2020
Join the quad squad to win more Defence work

Join the quad squad to win more Defence work

Are you across quad charts? Businesses targeting Defence contracts, and others, are being encouraged to join online workshops on how to develop compelling quad charts. Used by the international defence industry for many years to succinctly and effectively communicate a proposal or capability, these techniques are being used by companies as a way to market… ...

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May 11, 2020
BHP Operations Services model faces legal scrutiny

BHP Operations Services model faces legal scrutiny

Employment agreements covering BHP’s Operations Services arm will go back before the courts after a union win in the Fair Work Commission on Friday. The commission upheld an appeal by a raft of unions against the approval of two enterprise agreements covering workers employed by the in-house division. CFMEU National President Tony Maher described the… ...

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May 07, 2020
Queensland geoscientists defy national jobs plunge

Queensland geoscientists defy national jobs plunge

Queensland has bucked the trend in jobs as the latest Australian Institute of Geoscientists survey shows a deterioration in employment nationwide in the first three months of 2020. Unemployment among Australia‚Äôs geoscientists increased to 10 per cent at the end of March, compared to 7.3 per cent at the end of the 2019 December quarter…. ...

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May 06, 2020
NAIF  backing for $37m beef processing development

NAIF backing for $37m beef processing development

A $37 million Central Queensland beef processing development is a step closer after winning Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) backing. NAIF announced today it had achieved contractual close for a $24 million loan to Signature Onfarm. The loan will help construct a specialist beef processing plant and on-site employee accommodation near Clermont. The project is… ...

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May 06, 2020
Neoen plans July start for $570m solar farm build

Neoen plans July start for $570m solar farm build

Renewable energy company Neoen has signed a deal paving the way for it to build Australia’s largest solar farm near Chinchilla. Construction of the 460-480mWp Western Downs Green Power Hub is expected to begin in July and create more than 400 jobs. Neon announced today that it had signed a 352 MWp power purchase agreement… ...

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