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Oct 06, 2020
Support extended for firms taking on apprentices

Support extended for firms taking on apprentices

The Federal Government is forking out an extra $1.2 billion to support Australian businesses to employ 100,000 new apprentices and trainees as part of its COVID-19 economic recovery plan. From this week, businesses who take on a new Australian apprentice will be eligible for a 50 per cent wage subsidy, regardless of geographic location, occupation, industry or business size, says Federal Membe...

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Oct 06, 2020
Regional water projects in bushfire recovery round

Regional water projects in bushfire recovery round

Water projects at Chillagoe and at Emu Park in the Livingstone Shire are among six initiatives in areas heavily impacted by last year’s bushfires to share in more than $6 million. Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said the projects were being supported through the $36.8 million Local Economic Recovery (LER) program for Queensland, which is jointly funded by the Commonwealth an...

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Oct 06, 2020
Roads upgrades get Federal Government boost

Roads upgrades get Federal Government boost

Townsville and Toowoomba will benefit from a $1.3 billion Federal Government injection into Queensland transport infrastructure. The early budget announcement is part of the COVID-19 economic recovery plan. Key investments for Queensland include: $750 million for Stage 1 of the Coomera Connector (Coomera to Nerang); $112 million for the Centenary Bridge Upgrade in Brisbane; $76 million for...

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Oct 05, 2020
Wind farm jobs opportunity to mature by year’s end

Wind farm jobs opportunity to mature by year’s end

Early works will start before the end of the year on a $380 million wind farm in Far North Queensland, creating 150 jobs, thanks to a sales deal with publicly-owned CleanCo. Neoen Energy would build the Kaban Green Power Hub near Ravenshoe, 80 kilometres south-west of Cairns now that CleanCo had agreed to buy 110 MW of the wind farm’s output, said Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham. “Que...

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Oct 05, 2020
Sealing comes between disaster and recovery

Sealing comes between disaster and recovery

Partner sponsored Leading Australian civil services firm Global Road Technology (GRT) is proud to be helping the national bushfire recovery efforts following the 2019/2020 bushfire season that saw over 17 million hectares lost, 33 deaths and 3,094 homes burnt down in what was the largest fire event recorded in eastern Australia. GRT Managing Director Daniel Grundy s...

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Oct 05, 2020
Planning for Big Rocks clicks into gear

Planning for Big Rocks clicks into gear

Charters Towers Regional Council is to start work on Big Rocks Weir with $3 million in State funds for pre-construction activities. Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham and Council sealed the deal in discussions in Townsville this week. Water security was critical to jobs, growth and North Queensland’s economic recovery, Dr Lynham said. “Queensland has a plan for economic rec...

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Oct 03, 2020
Eton Range Realignment open to traffic

Eton Range Realignment open to traffic

The Eton Range Realignment, west of Mackay, is open to traffic after a $190 million construction project. Federal Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said the road realignment was a significant upgrade to a critical part of the Peak Downs Highway. “This upgrade will encourage even more investment in the region as it will improve the connection...

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Oct 02, 2020
Douglas Shire push to cut construction site run-off

Douglas Shire push to cut construction site run-off

The construction industry is being urged to keep it clean in the Douglas Shire under an ongoing push to reduce sediment run-off into waterways. Heading into the wet season, Douglas Shire Council is working with Water by Design to improve erosion and sediment control practices in the community and increase compliance with the Environmental Protection Act. Council’s Environmental Health L...

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Oct 02, 2020
Guide to help major projects deliver on local promise

Guide to help major projects deliver on local promise

A new handbook developed in Queensland is hoped to ease the path for busy project directors to include local content in a way that delivers maximum economic impact for regional areas. Hughes et al principal Ben Hughes has written ‘Project Director’s Local Content Guidance Notes’ after 12 years’ experience in guiding local content on major projects. He jokes that it’s basically...

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