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A proposed Transport and Logistics Centre for Mount Isa is a step closer, with funding approved for a business case through the Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program.

Mayor Joyce McCulloch said with the Federal Government’s strong belief in the region’s abundant resources and the ability to supply the East Coast gas market into the future, as well as ongoing mining discoveries in the region, building the TLC was critical to the future growth of Mount Isa.

“Along with the development of the gas pipeline from Tennant Creek through to Mount Isa, and the Tennant Creek to Mount Isa rail proposal, the TLC remains an economically viable project,” she said.

“This region continues to grow and will become increasingly reliant on efficient transport methods to ensure the viability of ongoing operations, and Mount Isa is perfectly placed as a major regional centre and gateway to Southern Queensland and also northern and eastern ports.”

The council worked with Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Development Zone (MITEZ) to complete a feasibility study on the proposal.

Cr McCulloch said demand for the TLC was present, and would future proof Mount Isa and help crowd in investment in northern Australia, a key policy objective of the Australian Government.

“As a joint user facility, the TLC would be especially advantageous in underpinning new investment decisions in the region,” she said.

“The TLC would enhance the competiveness of existing businesses, and reduce the cost of starting a new business.”
Transport hub plan advances
Evolution Mining has the green light from its board for a $60 million underground development and relevant plant modifications at the Mt Carlton gold operation in North Queensland.

The company said Mt Carlton had a mine life to at least 2025 and these projects would allow production from the higher grade Link zone to be brought forward.

“Evolution’s focus continues to be on margin and profitability,” Evolution executive chairman Jake Klein said.

“Mt Carlton is a very high margin asset which has been a standout in Evolution’s portfolio.

‘The mine has generated over A$100 million in net mine cash flow in each of the last three years. The underground development of the Link zone ensures the continued production of high margin ounces.”

First ore from the underground is planned to be delivered in FY21.

Commencement of the underground development requires regulatory approval and Evolution plans to lodge submissions to the Department of Environment and Science (DES) in the coming month.

Mt Carlton flags $60m underground development
Last week NSS Townsville operations welcomed the arrival of two new barges for local marine contractors Pacific Marine Group.

The 250t and 380t behemoths were unloaded from the AAL Melbourne and were discharged directly to water and towed to Pacific Marine Groups facilities in the Townsville Port. 

New home for big barges
Maroon Gold has signed an agreement with Laneway Resources to mine the Agate Creek project and process up to 100,000 tonnes of high-grade ore through its Black Jack plant outside Charters Towers.

The deal will see Maroon to undertake and meet the costs of the mining, transportation and processing of ore under project owner Laneway’s supervision.

Gold produced will be paid 60 per cent to Laneway and 40 per cent to Maroon above 3.5 g/t gold head grade with the initial 3.5g/t produced to be retained by Maroon.

The Agate Creek gold project is located about 40km south of Forsayth and 60km west of Kidston in North Queensland.

Laneway chairman Stephen Bizzell described the deal with Maroon Gold as a significant milestone – providing the opportunity to mine and process ore from Agate Creek on a commercial scale, with minimal capital requirements for Laneway.

“The agreement establishes the basis for open-cut mining, transport and processing operations of high grade ore from the Agate Creek gold project upon successful grant of the Agate Creek Mining Lease,” he said.

“The Mining Lease Application (MLA 100030) that Laneway lodged in February 2015 with Queensland’s Department of Natural Resources and Mines, covers the near surface high-grade Sherwood and Sherwood West prospects, as well as areas for all necessary infrastructure to support mining operations.

“Progress is well advanced on the remaining requirements for the grant of the mining lease, with the company expecting these to be completed in the near term.”

Mr Bizzell said commissioning works were being finalised at the Black Jack plant, which has the capacity to process up to 340,000tpa.

Western Australia-based Maroon Gold bought the Black Jack gold processing site from Citigold Corporation late last year for $12 million.

Agate Creek gold deal
NSS Townsville operations have been busy handling multiple vessels across the port.
On Tuesday, October 9, NSS was working four vessels in the port, with three vessels located on the berth 3 and 4 quayline.

Pictured is the Kota Nasrat (containers), Kyowa Hibiscus (refined copper and earthmoving tyres) and the Morning Catherine (breakbulk and vehicles).

Impressive line-up for NSS Townsville
Windfarm and mining project cargo has helped Ports North almost double operating profits in the 2017-18 financial year.

The corporation’s operating result after tax for the year ended 30 June 2018 was $16.1 million, and the underlying operating result (excluding asset valuation transactions) was $13.7 million compared to a FY2017 result of $10.2 million.

“This improvement of $3.5 million in our underlying operating result has been driven by a rise in maritime-related revenue, in particular, the very successful securing of project cargo contracts for the Mt Emerald Wind Farm and Amrun Mine projects, which lifted our trade volumes,” Ports North chairman Russell Beer said.

“We had around 5 million tonnes of cargo making its way through Far North Queensland’s ports bound for domestic and international markets.

“And we will continue to champion the case for the development of Far North Queensland as a supply hub and source of goods and services to other areas of Northern Australia, as well as the neighbouring Asian and Pacific regions.”

Increased activities and new operations and projects underway include:

  • The Cairns Shipping Development Project, which will widen and deepen the existing port channel to allow larger cruise ships to enter.
  • An agreement with New Century Resources to re-establish trans-shipping operations through the Port of Karumba which also provided for the re-establishment of the port’s channel and ongoing annual maintenance dredging.
  • The negotiation for Metro Mining to commence bauxite exports through the Port of Skardon River with a transhipping arrangement now operating.
  • A feasibility study between Ports North and United Petroleum to construct a fuel importation, storage and distribution facility at the Port of Mourilyan worth more than $30 million.

Mining and energy projects boost Ports North results