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Gladstone mayor invited to India to meet with chairman Gautam Adani Tuesday 28th of February 2017 11:52:22 AM

The mayor of Gladstone will be flying to India next month to fight for Gladstone’s involvement in the Adani proposed Queensland mega mine. Matt Burnett had revealed on Monday evening that he has been invited to meet with chairman Gautam Adani in March in a visit to India with state Premier ....


Through people power, renewable energy becomes accessible to community groupsTuesday 28th of February 2017 11:36:12 AM

A crowdfunding campaign to help build a roof-top solar system for the Footscray community Arts Centre has seen $20,000 donated to the centre, with the solar panels providing 40% of the power needed to run the performance hall Mr Brett Lee uses for his Indigenous cultural program. "It's made ....


Riverina farmland gold mining exploration causes mixed reactionsTuesday 28th of February 2017 11:02:57 AM

Farmers in prime agricultural land north of Wagga Wagga are faced with exploration licence applications on their properties. The application covers 19,000 hectares (190 square kilometres) of country in the Junee Reefs and Illabo districts. The prospect of mining has loomed for a long time ....


Funding request for $1.2 billion coal-fired power plant received by Government green bankTuesday 28th of February 2017 10:32:14 AM

A push by the Turnbull government for taxpayers to finance new coal-fired power stations is facing its first test after an application for support was lodged with the national green bank. Clean Energy Finance Corporation chief Oliver Yates told a Senate estimates hearing that the agency received ....


Prime Minister called on to renegotiate contracts with gas exportersTuesday 28th of February 2017 10:13:14 AM

While the domestic gas prices rise and the energy sector struggles to keep the lights on, the Australian Workers’ union is pushing for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to end the “high farce” of Australia exporting record amounts of gas to Asia. To guarantee that more of the product ....


Mine worker loses Fairwork case Monday 27th of February 2017 02:19:38 PM

A Fairwork case has been lost by a miner who broke his tooth on an apple which caused him to swerve one of the mine trucks off the road onto a divider. Brett Frethey claims the pain was so excruciating for 5-10 seconds, he can't remember flattening a 1.824m-high dirt divider to 0.538m with a ....


Why the CFMEU mining boss backs Jo-Ann MillerMonday 27th of February 2017 02:04:13 PM

As Jo-Ann Miller gets ready to win the seat of Bundamba for the eighth time for the ALP she also has the backing of Andrew Vickers, the national general secretary of the mining and energy division of the CFMEU. There is manoeuvring going on in the background in certain sections of the ALP to ....


Life beyond mining for Western AustraliaMonday 27th of February 2017 11:42:16 AM

The cities of Dubai, Houston and Edmonston of the United Arab Emirates, the United States and Canada all have something in common, they all have faced the problem that Perth has right now - shifting their economies away from relying so heavily on resources. In their case it was oil and gas: ....


Despite conflict of interest warning, Adani director appointed to oversee coal portMonday 27th of February 2017 11:09:02 AM

An Adani company director has been appointed to chair the authority overseeing the Abbot Point coal port by the Queensland Government, despite being warned of “potential conflicts of interest.” Brad Fish was a director of Adani's Abbot Point Operations Pty Ltd when he was made the chair of ....


Workers rally as Hazelwood closure is nearMonday 27th of February 2017 10:35:38 AM

Workers of the soon to be closed Hazelwood power station in victoria have called for the closure to occur in stages as their jobs are nearing the end of the line. At the “Rally for the Valley” on Sunday the workers voiced their fears, speaking “passionately and emotionally” about how ....


Court battle for billion-dollar mining birthrightMonday 27th of February 2017 10:18:39 AM

Extraordinary court proceedings have been issued by Perth businessman Julian Wright, Accusing his sister Angela Bennett and his deceased brother, Michael Wright, of engaging in fraud to cheat him out of his share of one of Australia’s most famous iron ore fortunes. Julian Wright, 68, has ....


Glencore moves some transport operations to trucks on Queensland roadsFriday 24th of February 2017 01:58:30 PM

It has been confirmed by Glencore that there will be more freight on the road in north Queensland after rail company Aurizon lost its contract. Aurizon's contract loss in January meant extensive job cuts across several north Queensland towns, with Hughenden the worst affected, losing 29 jobs ....


Olive Downs coal mine project takes the next stepFriday 24th of February 2017 01:19:42 PM

The Olive Downs project coal mine proposal near Moranbah has moved a step closer to being approved leaving Central Queenslanders feeling more positive. The $1 billion project will create more than 1000 jobs and this week it was given the ‘co-ordinated project’ status requiring an ....


Legal bid launched to pay QLD apprentices less than awardFriday 24th of February 2017 11:52:54 AM

A legal bid has been launched by Queensland’s peak construction bodies to continue paying first-year apprentices $8.93 per hour, almost $4 less than the award. The unions have slammed the move, but the industries say it was the only choice available to them to clear up inefficient and ....


Confident National Party MP says Narrabri coal seam gas proposal 'will go ahead'Friday 24th of February 2017 11:14:39 AM

Representing the area covered by the proposed Narrabri Gas Project, Kevin Humphries the Nationals MP is confident that the coal seam gas company Santos will pass the relevant checks and gain approval. The 7,000 page environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed gas field has been ....


Proposed open-cut mine at Drayton South rejected for the fourth timeFriday 24th of February 2017 09:49:42 AM

To stop the Drayton South proposal for once and for all, the horse industry says the legislation that permanently banned the proposed Bickham coal mine near Scone is needed. The NSW Planning Assessment Commission issued its latest formal refusal of the Drayton South project on Thursday, ....


Inspiring young minds for a career in the resources sectorFriday 24th of February 2017 09:11:57 AM

A day of robotics, programing, design engineering and chemical processing was enjoyed by more than 50 switched-on students from Mount Isa and Cloncurry schools. The workshop known as ‘Expand Your Mind’ by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) was held at Good Shepherd ....


Australia called upon by IEA to lead world in carbon capture and storage technologyThursday 23rd of February 2017 02:26:28 PM

Australia has been called on by the executive director of the International Energy Agency to become a world leader in carbon capture and storage technology. Dr Fatih Birol is in Australia this week and met with Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg in Canberra on Wednesday morning. Dr Birol said ....


Farmers silenced by agreements in regards to New Acland coal mine Thursday 23rd of February 2017 01:15:25 PM

According to an environmentalist farmers in the Darling Downs region of Queensland are being silenced by the company behind the New Acland coal mine through clauses in signed agreements. The Oakey Coal Action Alliance (OCAA) is using the Queensland Land Court to challenge an expansion of the ....


#GoQld efforts to keep the City of Mount Isa goingThursday 23rd of February 2017 11:42:31 AM

The “oasis of the Outback” Mount Isa is lobbying for new mining, gas and water projects to protect the future of the city. Glencore-owned Mount Isa Mines has detailed plans for a Black Rock $400 million super pit and processing plant in the heart of the city, opposite the existing smelter, ....


Wage growth in the Mining sector remain at record lowsThursday 23rd of February 2017 11:23:52 AM

The downturn in the mining sector is driving weak outcomes for Australian workers who continue to face record low wage rises. The Bureau of Statistics Wage Price Index rose 1.9% over the past year and by 0.5% over the December quarter, on a seasonally adjusted basis. That is the same annual ....


Construction of Wind turbines at Muswellbrook Coal mine a possibilityThursday 23rd of February 2017 10:47:57 AM

If the results of a wind speed study at Muswellbrook Coal mine are successful the possibility of wind turbines running on rehabilitated mine land is strong. $50,000 has been committed towards a wind data collection study at the Idemitsu mine by the Muswellbrook Shire Council, as part of a long ....


Work on turning former mine site into renewable energy hub has begunThursday 23rd of February 2017 10:15:03 AM

In Far North Queensland a former mine site that is to be converted into a renewable energy hub is expected to generate electricity by the end of the year. The first sod was turned for the 50mW Kidston solar project near Georgetown, about 400km southwest of Cairns, yesterday. Phase one of the ....


Due to commodity price surge, BHP Billiton return to profitsWednesday 22nd of February 2017 02:52:34 PM

BHP Billiton has swung from loss to profit for the first half of the 2017 financial year thanks to a surge in commodity prices. The multinational made a net profit of $US3.2 billion ($4.2 billion) for the six months to the end of December. That's compared to a $7.84 billion loss for the first ....


Taxes collected by NT Government to clean up ex-mines may not have been used for intended purposeWednesday 22nd of February 2017 02:35:21 PM

There are currently questions raised concerning the Northern Territory Government about whether it breached its own legislation when managing taxes paid by mining companies for the clean-up of legacy mines. The call for greater transparency of the government’s handling of millions of dollars ....


Port Hedland divided over FIFO, taxWednesday 22nd of February 2017 01:45:39 PM

Local real estate agent Jim Henneberry has made a pre-election plea to the nation as ships loaded with iron ore leave the West Australian town of Port Hedland. "This place has been neglected and we're asking Australia to wake up to that," he said "The GDP that comes out of this town alone ....


UPDATE: Clive Mensink "too sick" for court hearingWednesday 22nd of February 2017 11:50:25 AM

Clive Mensink claims he is too sick to return to Australia and face questions about Queensland Nickel’s collapse, with lawyers now considering whether to seek a warrant for his arrest. Since leaving Australia in June last year five months after the nickel company went into administration with ....


Senex Energy invest in the Western Surat Gas projectWednesday 22nd of February 2017 10:32:34 AM

Senex Energy Limited took a major step forward by investing $50 million into the Western Surat Gas project with the company’s work to develop more gas production for the east coast gas market. The Senex Energy announcement was yet another sign that Queensland was getting on with business says ....


Doctors to front coal enquiry Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 10:04:24 AM

The government is being urged by a group of doctors to increase taxes on big polluters and work to close coal-fired power stations for health reasons. John van der Kallen from Doctors for the Environment will tell a Senate enquiry into the closure of coal plants that air pollution kills more ....


Without energy security, jobs will be leaving the countryTuesday 21st of February 2017 02:44:38 PM

Unless there is an overhaul of Australia’s energy policy that tackles the twin issues of security of supply and affordability, the country will face heavy job losses, a warning issued by Bluescope Steel. "Without energy security, jobs are going to leave the country in droves," chief executive ....


Review to be done on Petroleum Resource Rent Tax concessionsTuesday 21st of February 2017 11:13:29 AM

A review of the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax (PRRT) could result with the oil and gas companies losing some of their generous tax deductions. Amid concerns that revenue from the PRRT has flatlined at just over $800 million a year — less than half its peak of more than $2 billion in 2000-01 — ....


Clive Palmer's nephew due in Federal Court todayTuesday 21st of February 2017 10:53:12 AM

Queensland Nickel’s sole director Clive Mensink, who is also Clive Palmer’s nephew, is due to appear in the Federal Court in Brisbane today or risk a warrant being issued for his arrest. After failing to attend court on the 9th February Mr Mensink was given less than 2 weeks to return from ....


$30 million Bowen Basin Jobs Package under fireMonday 20th of February 2017 02:26:53 PM

As the new chair of the $30 million Bowen Basin Jobs Package, Graeme Kanofski just wants to start creating jobs in the Bowen Basin after a few days with “bureaucrats and politicians”. It is Mr Kanofski’s job to bring it all together, once he has been given the framework of how the package ....


Doubts come with Superpit mine saleMonday 20th of February 2017 01:38:46 PM

In regards to the sale of Barrick Gold’s 50% stake in Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s iconic Super Pit, the Canadian miner is keeping quiet after putting its half of the outback gold mine on the market last July. There has been virtual radio silence since a Chinese bid, reportedly worth $US1.3 billion, ....


Questions around Rockhampton's airport for Adani FIFO hubMonday 20th of February 2017 01:35:55 PM

A new report that shows Townsville has twice the worker skill base as Rockhampton plus following the concerns over the local Rockhampton airport’s protection from flooding, leaves the city’s pitch to be the FIFO hub for Adani’s Carmichael Mine questionable. The Central Queensland airport ....


Coal or renewables, but what about gas?Monday 20th of February 2017 11:39:46 AM

The topic of renewable energy versus coal has been in the spotlight lately, but no mention of gas has passed the lips of politicians. Gas was acclaimed to be the perfect fuel only five years ago, seen to be able to transition the country from the reliance on coal to renewables. It has long ....


Taxpayers could help pay for coal-fired power stationsMonday 20th of February 2017 11:19:14 AM

Under changes being considered by the Turnbull government, taxpayers could help pay for coal-fired power stations through Australia’s $10 billion “green energy” bank. The government is considering issuing a ministerial directive to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to consider investing ....


Carrington's old coal terminal loaders shipped off for recycling Monday 20th of February 2017 10:53:57 AM

Despite the occasional residential pressure to shut Carrington coal terminal, it’s a good sign for the industry that the three old terminals have been replaced with two new models, indicating that the industry believes that the Newcastle export industry will be here for decades to come. ....


Mining transition period brings up questionable data Monday 20th of February 2017 10:16:34 AM

The NSW Government department that is responsible for managing risks cannot supply basic data as the Hunter region enters a transition period in the mining industry, according to a new report. While government agencies, including the NSW Division of Resources and Energy, produced a ....


Whitehaven Coal's half year profit is through the roof Friday 17th of February 2017 11:05:04 AM

Thanks to increased production and a jump in coal prices late last year, Whitehaven Coal’s half-year profit has gone through the roof. The east coast miner's net profit of $157.5 million for the six months to December 31 is up from $7.8 million a year ago. Revenue has also jumped sharply ....


Santos Financial Year loss drops amid rising oil priceFriday 17th of February 2017 10:50:51 AM

On the back of rising oil prices and cost cutting, Santos has almost halved its full-year loss to $US1.047 billion ($A1.361 billion). Net loss for the 12 months to December 31 narrowed by 46.4%, compared to the prior corresponding period, with Santos reporting an underlying profit of $US63 ....


Unions fighting for miners over uncapped redundanciesFriday 17th of February 2017 10:15:58 AM

The unions have not given up on mine workers, fighting for uncapped redundancy payouts after losing a Fair Work decision last month. The full bench decided to cap redundancy payouts at 15 years, meaning sacked miners who had worked for a company for more than 15 years would be entitled to ....


There are 60,000 abandoned mine sites across Australia according to mining reportFriday 17th of February 2017 10:07:45 AM

A report that raises concerns about how land rehabilitation is managed as the mining boom ends, states that more than 60,000 mines have been abandoned across Australia. There are few reliable statistics on the state of Australia’s mines and there is evidence that only a small portion had even ....


Testing of a new rock crushing techniqueThursday 16th of February 2017 11:50:14 AM

According to a company seeking to restart production at a disused gold mine, it may now be economically viable to do so after a new technique for crushing rock has now come into the market. North of Katherine, Mount Todd mine was abruptly closed in 2000 when the company operating it went into ....


Overhall of Orica's ammonia plant six years after hexavalent chromium emissionThursday 16th of February 2017 10:48:01 AM

Kooragang Island ammonia plant owned by Orica is about to shut down and receive an overhaul, this is the same operation that resulted in the emission of potentially carcinogenic hexavalent chromium over parts of Stockton in August 2011. Scott Reid who is the general manager of Orica Kooragang ....


Groups allege Bylong's Korean Government-backed coal mine being fast tracked to approvalThursday 16th of February 2017 09:45:55 AM

After slamming the NSW Government-ordered process as “fake consultation” and “a ridiculous sham”, environment and community groups will boycott a hearing into one of the state’s most controversial open cut coal mine projects. More than 40 groups will boycott an expected NSW Planning ....


Productivity, progress and diversity key for potential BHP Billiton suppliersThursday 16th of February 2017 08:58:22 AM

It’s rare for suppliers to gain detailed insight into the supply management and purchasing strategies of a mining giant like BHP Billiton, but the 240 attendees at last week’s Bowen Basin Mining Club event were treated to exactly that. The sold-out event at Mackay’s Entertainment & ....


Inside the Adani fight to build biggest coal mine in AustraliaWednesday 15th of February 2017 10:53:15 AM

Adani's plans to build Australia's biggest coal mine have been heralded by the federal and Queensland governments as a boom for local jobs and the economy. But environmentalists are adamant the mine is a ticking time bomb that may imperil the Galilee Basin and Great Barrier Reef, as well as ....


Rio Tinto to pay Adani US$329 millionFriday 10th of February 2017 01:48:48 PM

During the mining boom Rio Tinto signed a deal with Adani to use Abbot Point Coal Terminal to export coal it has never dug out of the ground, which is now resulting in Rio Tinto giving Adani $US329 million to get out of the deal. The contract was for Rio to export about 11million tonnes of coal ....


Parts of Hazelwood of interest to Museums VictoriaFriday 10th of February 2017 01:32:55 PM

Interest for acquiring parts of the Hazelwood power station has been shown by Museums Victoria as it is one of the state’s oldest working pieces of industrial heritage. The old power station and coal mine will be closing its doors in March leaving 800 employees and contractors out of work ....


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As of Monday, the early stages of the M1 Princes Motorway upgrade are underway with geotechnical investigations and survey work taking place along the motorway, from the Picton Road intersection ....

Gladstone Mayor Invited To India To Meet With Chairman Gautam Adani
The mayor of Gladstone will be flying to India next month to fight for Gladstone’s involvement in the Adani proposed Queensland mega mine. Matt Burnett had revealed on Monday evening that he ....

Through People Power, Renewable Energy Becomes Accessible To Community Groups
A crowdfunding campaign to help build a roof-top solar system for the Footscray community Arts Centre has seen $20,000 donated to the centre, with the solar panels providing 40% of the power ....

Riverina Farmland Gold Mining Exploration Causes Mixed Reactions
Farmers in prime agricultural land north of Wagga Wagga are faced with exploration licence applications on their properties. The application covers 19,000 hectares (190 square kilometres) of ....

Funding Request For $1.2 Billion Coal Fired Power Plant Received By Government Green Bank
A push by the Turnbull government for taxpayers to finance new coal-fired power stations is facing its first test after an application for support was lodged with the national green bank. Clean ....