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The mine worker who died as a result of an underground collision at Moranbah North Mine has been identified as Bradley Hardwick, aged 47.

Anglo American said Mr Hardwick had worked for the company in various capacities for the past 17 years, including 10 years at Moranbah North Mine.

He and his family lived in Moranbah and he was well known in the tight-knit Moranbah community, the company said in a statement this afternoon.

“Bradley was a valued and respected member of the Moranbah North team and he will be sadly missed. Bradley’s colleagues knew him as devoted family man and someone who was always willing to help others,” a spokeswoman said.

Worker in mine tragedy remembered as devoted family man

Bradley Hardwick .

The accident in the mine’s access drift involved a grader Mr Hardwick was driving and a personnel carrier with 10 people on board.

Four employees who were taken to hospital for further treatment as a result of the collision were released yesterday.

Anglo American executive head of underground operations Glen Britton said the organisation’s thoughts and sympathies were with Mr Hardwick’s family at this very difficult time.

“Our focus is currently on supporting Bradley’s family and our colleagues. We have spent today talking to our employees about the incident and there is a great deal of shock and sadness,” he said.

“The Queensland Mines Inspectorate investigation is underway and the mine remains in shutdown until operations can be safely resumed.”
Crystalbrook Collection Hotels and Resorts has revealed its vision for the $200 million redevelopment of the Port Douglas marina.

The release of the planned Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina image coincided with the owner of Crystalbrook Collection, Ghassan Aboud, travelling to Far North Queensland.

It provides a preview of what the developers describe as a luxury 100-room five-star hotel and a 30-room ultra-lux hotel.

An Eléme Day Spa, bar and café, 15 apartments and five waterfront villas are also part of the planned development.

The location of the development is to the right of the existing marina, enabling marina and retail operations to continue throughout construction.

The company plans to lodge the development application in the next three months and said the start of construction would depend on when approvals were received.

While visiting Port Douglas, Mr Aboud said that he was very happy with how plans for the development were progressing.

“Our CEO Mark Davie and his team have been working on these plans for some time now. I had a very positive meeting with the council today and we are confident we will be able to deliver a great outcome for the community, the council, visitors and for Crystalbrook Collection.”

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu described her meeting with Mr Aboud and his team as productive and positive.

"They have a really exciting vision for the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina that has the potential to revitalise Port Douglas and stimulate the local economy," she said.

"We are particularly happy with their decision to support marina businesses during construction and create a vibrant area for the public.

"The initial concept designs have my full support and we can’t wait for the formal development application to be lodged."

Developer unveils Port Douglas marina plans
Glencore says it will cap its global coal production around current levels as part of a commitment to transitioning to a low-carbon economy.

The move has been described as significant for the coal pricing outlook.

Wood Mackenzie’s research director Prakash Sharma said Glencore was the worlds largest exporter of thermal coal and had a dominant position in the premium thermal coal segment.

“In that regard, capping coal production is significant because prices could remain high amid tighter supplies. Glencore is chasing value over volume,” he said.

“In a 2-degree scenario, premium thermal coal demand is expected to be resilient compared to other coal types. That means companies holding on to high energy thermal coal assets stand to gain and will realise higher prices. Glencore sits comfortably in that space due to its competitive cost position.”

Glencore’s statement this week read, in part;”We recognise climate change science as set out by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. We believe that the global response to climate change should pursue twin objectives: both limiting temperatures in line with the goals of Articles 2.1(a) and 4.1 of the Paris Agreement and supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including universal access to affordable energy.

“To deliver a strong investment case to our shareholders, we must invest in assets that will be resilient to regulatory, physical and operational risks related to climate change.

“To meet the growing needs of a lower carbon economy, Glencore aims to prioritise its capital investment to grow production of commodities essential to the energy and mobility transition and to limit its coal production capacity broadly to current levels.”

Glencore’s Queensland coal operations include Clermont, Collinsville, Hail Creek, Newlands, Oaky Creek and Rolleston.

Glencore to cap coal output in nod to climate change
Queensland Rail has outlined the host of problems on the Mount Isa Line being revealed as floodwaters recede.

Chief executive officer Nick Easy said engineers and recovery crews have identified damage across 307km of track between Hughenden and Cloncurry, with extreme erosion identified at 204 sites.

“This includes approximately 40km of major track washouts and 20km of track scouring and work is now underway to confirm required repairs and expected recovery timeframes, taking into account optimum use of all industry resources, plant and equipment,” he said. 

“All available resources are being mobilised to undertake repairs, including engineers and track teams from South East Queensland, to ensure we return the Mount Isa Line to full operation as soon as possible.

“At this stage Queensland Rail believes the line can be fixed earlier than the 6 – 12 months that has been suggested and reported. We will continue to keep stakeholders and the community informed of these plans and timeframes.”

Part of the recovery work will include clearing the area at Nelia 50km east of Julia Creek, where a Pacific National train loaded with mineral products was inundated and wagons overturned on February 7.

“Any environmental impacts caused by this incident will be taken very seriously,” Mr Easy said.

“On Friday, 15 February the Department of Environment and Science issued a ‘Clean Up Notice’ to Queensland Rail, Pacific National and Glencore outlining the key requirements for the site including containment, monitoring, assessment and remediation.

“This Clean Up Notice supports the approach already adopted by the parties, and Queensland Rail, Pacific National and Glencore are engaging the services of an independent environmental specialist to assist with achieving the requirements of the notice.”

Early inspections showed much of the mineral concentrates had remained in the train’s wagons, but that 19 wagons carrying zinc concentrate and two carrying lead concentrate sustained damage, he said.

Rail repair crews mobilise as full scale of damage revealed

Rail repair crews mobilise as full scale of damage revealed
The weekend unloading of Adriatic Highway was the culmination of a string of shipments bringing almost 1000 cars to Port of Townsville.

NSS commercial manager Mitchell Smith said the local stevedoring company had successfully unloaded 957 cars last week from four RORO (roll on-roll off) vessels.

They included the Grand Champion - 158 vehicles, Gravity Highway - 57 vehicles, Beluga Ace - 85 vehicles and Adriatic Highway - 657 vehicles.

IMAGE: Beluga Ace in port last week (courtesy of Port of Townsville)

NSS on a roll with car cargo

Genex Power has entered an agreement with the McConnell Dowell/John Holland joint venture to immediately start early works on the 250MW Kidston pumped storage hydro project.

Genex said the agreed program of works would accelerate development of the project ahead of financial close, expected in the first quarter of this year.

It will focus on work surrounding hydraulic design and related activity for the hydro turbines, followed by preliminary electrical design work and other preparations.

The pumped storage hydro project is the centrepiece of the planned $1 billion Kidston energy hub, located at the former Kidston gold mine site in North Queensland.

Other elements include the operating 50MW Stage 1 Solar Project (KS1), a multi-staged integrated solar project of up to 270MW (K2-Solar), and the Kidston Stage 3 wind project of up to 150MW.

“Embarking on this early works program with the MDJH-JV is a significant milestone for Genex as work gets underway on our biggest project, which has been in planning for a number of years,” Genex chief executive officer James Harding said.

“Genex continues to work closely with Powerlink, the Queensland State Government, NAIF, ARENA, Energy Australia and other key stakeholders to finalise the remaining activities ahead of the financial close milestone.”

Go-ahead for early works on Kidston hydro project