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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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May 13, 2021
Hammer hits Mount Isa tenements with 4000m drill program

Hammer hits Mount Isa tenements with 4000m drill program

Hammer Metals has started a 4000m RC drilling program at North-West Queensland tenements, including its recent Trafalgar copper-gold discovery. “The commencement of drilling in Mount Isa is pleasing and presents Hammer with its first opportunity since the Trafalgar discovery earlier this year to drill Hammer’s 100 per cent-owned prospects which sit along trend and in… ...

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May 12, 2021
Thomson adds Silver Spur to asset base

Thomson adds Silver Spur to asset base

Thomson Resources is acquiring the Silver Spur mine in southern Queensland, building on a regional asset base focused on silver. The company has entered into a binding term sheet to acquire the relevant mining lease from Cuban Partners. It says the $950,000 acquisition will give it 100 per cent control of the Texas Silver base… ...

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May 11, 2021
Investment-readiness workshops Townsville

Investment-readiness workshops Townsville

TIQ is partnering with Deloitte Australia to deliver a series of workshops around Queensland to help small and medium-sized businesses attract new investment. Building on the Business Growth Essentials workshops delivered in 2019, the 2021 series will focus on the practical tools that businesses need to successfully engage investors. Last year saw bushfires, drought, floods and a global pandemic a...

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