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Jan 03, 2016
Mount Isa resilience Part Two – emerging resource projects

Mount Isa resilience Part Two – emerging resource projects

This week we’re looking into the reasons why the north west minerals provence will weather the downturn and go on to prosper. Today we’re looking at emerging resources projects … MMG recently announced it would bring the Dugald River zinc project into production in 2018 at an expected cost of $1 billion, and the planned $294 million development of the Little Eva deposit has a similar timeline. The...

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Jan 03, 2016
The construction litmus test on the north’s economy

The construction litmus test on the north’s economy

Construction will be a key driver in the future economic development of the north west. The latest Offermans Northern Exposure September quarter report also shows solid growth in the far northern construction sector over the past two years. Construction is north Queensland’s second largest industry, contributing $7.8 billion (10.7 per cent) to Gross Regional Product (GRP) in 2013-14. Construct...

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Jan 03, 2016
Mount Isa’s resilience – part one – employment opportunities

Mount Isa’s resilience – part one – employment opportunities

The North West’s mining industry boasts an estimated residential workforce of about 3500 full-time employees, according to the Queensland Resources Council. And it says the operations employ about 6200 employees and contractors in total. Empower Economics principal economist David Lynch said unemployment in the north-west had been declining in recent years, while the total labour force in the area...

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Jan 02, 2016
New science teaching for a new generation

New science teaching for a new generation

A new way of teaching hopes to stem the decline in students taking up science, technology, engineering and maths. Of the 36 schools involved in the $3.95m Future Makers program to date, seven are hosting a pilot STEM education program and 29 are participating in a ‘Creative Labs’ teacher professional development program. So far, 510 students have been exposed to gaining new skills. Chinchilla Stat...

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Jan 01, 2016
Thiess starts QCoal contract today

Thiess starts QCoal contract today

Thiess has commenced a three year contract to operate QCoal’s Northern Hub mines including Drake and Sonoma near Collinsville. The three-year $250m contract starts today (January 1) and includes an option for an additional one-year contract extension. Thiess had an association with the QCoal Group going back to 2007 said Managing Director Michael Wright. “We are also pleased to continue our associ...

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Jan 01, 2016
Queensland Uni engineer honoured with appointment

Queensland Uni engineer honoured with appointment

A Queensland University water engineer has been recognised with a global honour. Chris Hertle is an Adjunct Professor in the Advanced Water Management Centre at UQ and a member of the Research Advisory Committee at the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence. Professor Hertle has been named a Fellow of the International Water Association (IWA), a global professional organisation focused on...

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