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Jun 09, 2020
Maiden resource of 43Mt for Hillalong North coal deposit

Maiden resource of 43Mt for Hillalong North coal deposit

Bowen Coking Coal has announced a 43 million-tonne maiden resource estimate for the Hillalong North coal deposit, east of Glenden in Central Queensland. It says 19.5Mt of that resource is shallower than 150m deep, a typical cut-off for open-cut resources. “We are extremely excited about the outcome of the company’s maiden exploration program for Hillalong North, both in terms of the resourc...

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Jun 09, 2020
Vitrinite advances Vulcan mine plans

Vitrinite advances Vulcan mine plans

Vitrinite is pushing ahead with plans for a 1.95Mtpa coking coal mine at its Vulcan tenements, 35km south of Moranbah. The open-cut project has an estimated life of four years and is expected to employ 116 people at its peak. Documents submitted as part of the project’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act referral indicate mining is expected to start start as s...

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Jun 09, 2020
New exploration tenders to fire up gas growth

New exploration tenders to fire up gas growth

The Queensland Government is opening up a further 1500sq km of gas country for exploration. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said five parcels were to be released for tender on June 18 around Moonie and Injune in the resource-rich Surat and Bowen Basins. “It’s essential that we keep exploration underway to identify the resources projects and jobs of the future as we emerge from COVID-19,” D...

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Jun 09, 2020
Gas royalty revamp sparks  calls for 10-year freeze

Gas royalty revamp sparks calls for 10-year freeze

The Queensland Resources Council has repeated its call for the Palaszczuk Government to match Opposition commitments to a 10-year freeze on all resource royalties. It came as the State Government announced a new volume-based gas royalty regime, with rates locked in for five years. QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the industry body welcomed the use of actual sales rather than an index...

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Jun 08, 2020
Mining growth to lead recovery

Mining growth to lead recovery

Miners and the supply chain were expecting to increase staff numbers post COVID19. The Queensland government was also called out for praise in its handling of the pandemic. That’s all in the new ‘state of the sector’ report released by the Queensland Resources Council. A survey of the State’s top resource leaders in May found strong momentum towards employment growth ov...

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Jun 08, 2020
Q and A with Kim Wainwright

Q and A with Kim Wainwright

Access to land and finance remain big issues on the minds of junior explorers in Queensland. Peak industry body the Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) is an off-shoot of the Queensland Resources Council and gives smaller members a voice to power. The QEC is chaired by Kim Wainwright whose company Xplore Resources started out providing exploration professionals in the field. Ms Wainwright ...

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Jun 08, 2020
CCF claims recovery credit

CCF claims recovery credit

The Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) is claiming credit for a Federal Government announcement of an ‘Infrastructure led recovery’. It was the CCF’s advocacy efforts that led ministers at a ‘federal and state level’ to confirm their support for a civil stimulus strategy to ‘arrest Australia’s decline into recession’, CEO Chris Melham said. CC...

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Jun 08, 2020
Domestic tourism ad blitz

Domestic tourism ad blitz

A new tourism campaign, Queensland – You’re Good to Go – is projected to deliver a $1 billion in overnight accommodation takings for hard hit tourism operators over the next four months. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk launched the campaign to encourage Queenslanders to go and explore their own state. “In coming weeks, you’ll see our Queensland – You’re Good to Go campaign on television...

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Jun 08, 2020
Cloncurry to host drone development

Cloncurry to host drone development

A drone testing hub is to be established in Cloncurry. It comes as The Queensland Government awarded a contract to design and construct an unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flight test range (FTR) to QinetiQ Australia. The FTR will be located at Cloncurry Aerodrome. It will consist of access to a commercial quality runway, dedicated hangar and workshop, range control centre, range control sy...

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