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May 14, 2021
Housing issue to take centre stage at conference

Housing issue to take centre stage at conference

The lack of affordable housing will be one of the main items on the agenda when western Queensland councillors and State and Federal government representatives meet in Richmond next week. More than 180 delegates from the region will gather over three days from Monday for the 2021 Western Queensland Alliance of Councils Assembly. WQAC was… ...

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May 14, 2021
Government extends asset write-off program

Government extends asset write-off program

The Federal Government has extended the instant asset write-off program until June 2023. The program allows businesses with up to $5 billion in aggregated annual turnover or total income to immediately deduct the full cost of eligible depreciable assets of any value. Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the program extension, announced in Tuesday’s Federal… ...

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May 14, 2021
Rethink urged on dam funding model

Rethink urged on dam funding model

The State and Federal Governments are being urged to review the assessment procedures used to tick off on dam-building projects after a report highlighting shortcomings in the system. The Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (FNQROC) commissioned the research in Long Term Analysis of the Role of Dams. Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said that… ...

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May 14, 2021
Exploration grant deadline looms

Exploration grant deadline looms

Applications close for Round 5 of the Geological Survey of Queensland’s Collaborative Exploration Initiative (CEI) on May 21. The CEI has provided $10 million worth of funding to more than 190 explorers over the past 14 years and the current round is set to provide a further $2.5 million. Grants are available up to $200,000 under the joint government-industry initiative… ...

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May 13, 2021
Darwin comp puts mine rescue teams to the test

Darwin comp puts mine rescue teams to the test

Mine rescue teams will test their skills when Darwin hosts the annual Northern Australia Emergency Response Competition (NAERC) this weekend. Teams participating in 2021 include Newmont Tanami Operations, McArthur River Mine, Gemco South 32, Glencore Mount Isa Mines and Rio Tinto. The event includes simulated fire-fighting, first aid, rescue from heights, breathing apparatus skills, underground...

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May 13, 2021
An eagle on the wing

An eagle on the wing

Customer supplied editorial A new air charter business is now operating out of Charters Towers. Aquila Air Services has based itself in the gold city because of access to wide tracts of land through three cardinal points. Aquila, being Latin for ‘eagle’, draws on the theme set by sister company Eagle Drilling NQ, also based… ...

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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 13, 2021
Charge On challenge to electrify haul  fleets

Charge On challenge to electrify haul fleets

Mining giants BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale have launched a global competition for technology innovators to develop new concepts for large-scale haul truck electrification systems. The Charge On Innovation Challenge aims to help significantly cut emissions from surface mine operations and unlock safety, productivity, and operational improvements. The big miners are founding patrons of the… ...

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May 13, 2021
QX Resources builds funds to drive CQ projects

QX Resources builds funds to drive CQ projects

QX Resources is adding $3 million to its coffers as it ramps up exploration at Central Queensland gold projects including the former Lucky Break mine. The company indicated it would also be re-examining its advanced Anthony molybdenum project north-west of Clermont as a matter of priority. QX Resources has received firm commitments from investors for… ...

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