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Sep 29, 2020
Red-letter day for Pembroke Resources

Red-letter day for Pembroke Resources

Olive Downs has already assembled the key elements required to commence construction following the grant of the Bowen Basin project’s mining leases, Pembroke Resources says. This includes securing access to power, water, rail and port, even as finance and offtake partners are finalised.  The mining leases granted today represented the final major approval hurdle to commence the f...

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Sep 29, 2020
Foreign businesses take lion’s share, says AOC

Foreign businesses take lion’s share, says AOC

Five out of Queensland’s six biggest transport infrastructure projects have been awarded to foreign-owned construction companies in the past five years, an Australian advocacy group says. The Australian Owned Contractors Let Us Build Queensland Campaign today released figures highlighting the extent of foreign domination of the local construction industry. AOC chief executive officer Bren...

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Sep 29, 2020
Wharf work to keep Auckland Point on the move

Wharf work to keep Auckland Point on the move

A $6 million fender upgrade at Gladstone Ports Corporation’s Auckland Point Terminal is expected to open the way for increased shipping operations and allow larger bulk carriers to visit the port. The project will include new marine pylons, buffer and securing equipment to replace the old structure and extend the life one of Gladstone’s oldest wharves. Auckland Point Wharf 1 was Gladsto...

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Sep 28, 2020
Push to fund tropical ecotourism trail

Push to fund tropical ecotourism trail

TaskforceNQ and Townsville Enterprise are campaigning for $35 million in government funding to build the Paluma to Wallaman Falls ecotourism trail. TaskforceNQ steering committee chairperson and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the trail had the potential to deliver a wonderful boost to the region’s tourism sector as well as the wider economy. “The Paluma to Wallaman Trail will be a ga...

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Sep 28, 2020
Cement-free concrete may help cure our sewers

Cement-free concrete may help cure our sewers

RMIT University engineers have developed a zero-cement concrete which they say will free sewage pipes from corrosion as well as clogging caused by fatbergs. The material is a composite of nano-silica, fly-ash, slag and hydrated lime. The researchers say the concrete they have developed can withstand the corrosive acidic environment found in sewage pipes, while greatly reducing residual lime...

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Sep 27, 2020
$33b plan to four-lane the Bruce Highway

$33b plan to four-lane the Bruce Highway

The LNP plans a $33 billion Bruce Highway boost if it wins the next state election – taking the key regional route to four lanes from Cairns through to Gympie. The massive 15-year construction effort is forecast to create an estimated 6820 full-time jobs a year, adding up to more than 100,000 jobs over the life of the project. Opposition leader Deb Frecklington said Queensland companies w...

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Sep 26, 2020
Isis Highway set for $42.5m upgrade

Isis Highway set for $42.5m upgrade

The State Government has announced an additional $42.5 million for the Isis Highway between Bundaberg and the Bruce Highway. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the new investment would upgrade safety on the 40km stretch. “Truckies, families and businesses rely on the Isis and Bruce highways every day, which is why we’re delivering $20 million in Bruce upgrades north of C...

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Sep 26, 2020
Dam debate as State election looms

Dam debate as State election looms

The Hughenden Irrigation Project is at the centre of a political row, with Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter demanding that the State just “sign the dam project off.” The Federal Government has already approved funding for a detailed business case to develop the potential $500 million Hughenden water project. The Hughenden Irrigation Project Corporation (HIPCo) received approval fo...

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Sep 25, 2020
Queensland planners sweep national awards

Queensland planners sweep national awards

Queensland planners have dominated the National Awards for Planning Excellence, taking out six of the 12 categories. Winners were announced at the Planning Institute of Australia’s first virtual awards presentation livestreamed on YouTube. Queenslanders won the awards for Planner of the Year; Great Place; Public Engagement and Community Planning; Hard Won Victory; Improving Planning Proce...

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