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Jun 16, 2020
Regional focus in new round of business grants

Regional focus in new round of business grants

Queensland small businesses impacted by COVID-19 are set to receive an additional $100 million in support to help them recover. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said a second round of the Small Business COVID-19 Adaption grants of up to $10,000 would be made available from next month. “Round one of the Small Business grants received an overwhelming response,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “In t...

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Jun 16, 2020
Shake-up for Glencore’s Qld metals operations

Shake-up for Glencore’s Qld metals operations

Glencore is combining its Queensland copper and zinc operations under a single management structure, but says it is too early to comment on what the change will mean for jobs . Matt O’Neill, Glencore. The restructured Glencore Queensland Metals businesswill be headed up by Matt O’Neill, the chief operating officer for Glencore’s Australian copper assets. In a statement on the...

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Jun 16, 2020
Renewable energy skills centre wins backing

Renewable energy skills centre wins backing

The State Government is joining forces with Electro Group Training to develop a $23 million Renewable Energy Training Facility for Queensland. The government is stumping up $17 million for the Brisbane facility, expected to provide skills training for 750 apprentices a year as well as assisting about 26,000 local licensed electricians with further training. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk an...

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Jun 16, 2020
Funds to ‘supercharge’ new economy minerals push

Funds to ‘supercharge’ new economy minerals push

The State Government aims to ‘supercharge’ exploration for new economy minerals with $10 million in grants to be released under the second round of its COVID-19 fightback plan. The package announced today also features a $650,000 investment in the mining equipment, technology and services sector. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said $10 million in exploration grants would speed th...

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Jun 16, 2020
Lilyvale shows promise as vanadium plans advance

Lilyvale shows promise as vanadium plans advance

A ‘highly successful’ infill drilling program has lifted the mineral resource estimate for the Richmond – Julia Creek vanadium project. A pre-feasibility study centred on commercial evaluation and ore reserve generation from the updated mineral resource is expected to be released in the September quarter. The project is a joint venture between Horizon Minerals and Richmond...

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Jun 16, 2020
Cairns floats the boat for Defence maintenance

Cairns floats the boat for Defence maintenance

HMAS Armidale has undocked in Cairns after undergoing a major servicing and restoration project, injecting more than $5 million into the local economy. It is the first of several major maintenance projects coming up over the next two years, according to Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price. “Thales Australia will continue to partner with local Australian businesses to maintain this impor...

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Jun 16, 2020
BMA commits $2.3m to CQ research and innovation

BMA commits $2.3m to CQ research and innovation

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) continues to support and invest in regional Queensland with the announcement of $2.3 million in funding towards research, training, and innovation.  The investment will support the appointment of a general manager of the newly established Resources Centre of Excellence (RCOE) in Mackay and a chair of automation and future work skills at CQUniversity (CQU).  ...

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Jun 16, 2020
Additional $ millions to help tradies and regions

Additional $ millions to help tradies and regions

A $267 million building stimulus will support construction sector jobs and promote investment and economic development as Queensland recovers from the global COVID-19 pandemic. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement as part of the Government’s second stage of the Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs plan. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on Queensl...

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Jun 16, 2020
Moves to tackle green tape a boost for mining jobs

Moves to tackle green tape a boost for mining jobs

The mining industry will be able to create more jobs more quickly thanks to a federal commitment to slash delays in environmental approvals, a peak group says. “Faster approvals for mines and other major projects will support the investment and jobs Australia needs to recover more quickly from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Minerals Council of Australia chief executive officer Tania Constable said.“A...

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