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Contractors and supply businesses will have the chance to learn more about upcoming shutdowns and projects at the Gladstone Engineering Alliance’s Industry Update Breakfast next month.

Gladstone Industry Leadership Group chief executive officer Stacey Williams will present information on the Major Industry Shutdown calendar, with updates from Rio Tinto, NRG, Orica and Cement Australia.

When:      Thursday, February 11
Time:        
7- 9am
Where:    
 Yaralla Sports Club
Price:       
$50 GEA members, $80 non-members

Gladstone Industry Leadership Group (GILG) is a membership-based organisation representing large industry in the Gladstone region.

They are focused on ensuring the long term, social, environmental, and economic sustainability of both Industry and Gladstone.

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Marathon Consolidated has entered into agreements to acquire the business and assets of five major tyre centres to service the Flinders Highway in North Queensland.

It says they will be the first of many tyre centres owned by Marathon subsidiary National Tyres, with planned expansion throughout Australia.

“We have planned for the business to service the entire western Queensland region, and expand to a profitable national footprint,” National Tyres director Christopher Rockemer said.

The businesses being acquired include Twin City Tyres in Townsville and Cloncurry, Towers Tyres in Charters Towers, as well as Hughenden and Richmond Tyre Centres.

The sites provide a range of services including tyres, battery replacement and wheel alignments. 

“By merging the current strengths of these North Queensland businesses, we will have a greater product offering which will increase our servicing capability for our customers from Townsville to Mount Isa,” National Tyres chief executive officer Adam Wheeler said.

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Contractors are at work on the Kidston hydroelectric power site, with preparations including upgrading the airstrip to support regular flights from Townsville and boosting camp accommodation to cater for hundreds of workers.

Genex Power initiated the early works program for the Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project, based at the former Kidston gold mine, after announcing last month that its board had formally resolved to proceed with financing and construction.

It came as the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) Board confirmed an investment decision to provide a concessional loan of up to $610 million for the project.

“We’ve got an early works package underway that includes upgrading the airstrip, and upgrading some of the communications, and substantially increasing the old mine camp, because we need to accommodate some 500 workers,” Genex Power executive director Simon Kidston said.

“So there’s a big job actually to upgrade that mine camp to accommodate literally hundreds and hundreds of people in the very near future.”

Exacto and NKE have been contracted for refurbishment design and building approvals for the Oaks Rush Construction Camp upgrade, Marchnet is commencing site access works for microwave tower sites and Avmin is resealing the airstrip.

The early works also include Powerlink beginning detailed design and procurement for the new 275kv line between Kidston and Mt Fox.

The company has indicated it is moving rapidly towards financial close on the project, anticipated in February.

“What we’re expecting to do very shortly is announce contractual close, which is when we’re committing the funds for the entire project, close to $800 million of capital,” Mr Kidston said.

“That will be another big step-up in activity from that point, which is the main project being underway.

“This is the preparation, we are doing the early works now so that we can hit the ground running when we achieve contractual and financial close.”

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Citigold has announced a 27 per cent increase in inferred mineral resources at its Charters Towers gold project to 14 million oz.

The company highlighted the results of a recent technical report on the mineral resources and ore reserves in a quarterly report this week.

The probable ore reserves for its tenements remained unchanged at 620,000 ounces of gold (2.5 million tonnes at 7.7g/t gold at a
cut-off grade of 4g/t).

The inferred mineral resources are 32 million tonnes at 14g/t gold at a cut-off grade of 3g/t, for 14 million ounces of gold.

During the quarter, the company raised $1 million in capital and selected the site for a new proposed Citigold processing plant.

Citigold was in gold production in the region from 2007 to 2015, but put mining operations on care and maintenance in 2016 as it sought to raise further capital.

The company has recently outlined a new approach to resuming mining at its Central Mine site, adjacent to 30 Nagle St in Charters Towers, which is centred around the Brilliant East decline.

It says an innovative mining system has been put together that takes an
efficient ‘keyhole surgery’ approach.

The company’s stated aim is to become a 300,000-plus ounces per annum ultra-low-cost gold producer in five years.

It said this week it was continuing to focus on completing major funding negotiations and moving to gold production and revenue thereafter.

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Townsville will host a one-and-a-half-day conference in March focusing on injury prevention, work health and safety, rehabilitation and return to work.

The North Queensland Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference 2021 features a half a day of masterclasses, a networking evening and a full day conference.

People can join on site or via live stream to hear keynote speakers including Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Safety Advocate Dan Kennedy.

Mr Kennedy’s son Dale, an apprentice, was working in a ceiling space when he died from an electric shock at age 20.

He shares his story to encourage workers (especially young workers), to voice their concerns if they see something that is unsafe, and to always turn the power off before working in a ceiling space.

The North Queensland Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference will be held at The Ville in Townsville March 25-26. In-person ticket: $297
Online ticket: $165



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Mount Carbine owner EQ Resources is advancing preparations to reopen the 430m long historical decline at the Far North Queensland tungsten mine.

The company says it has received the green light from the Department of Environment and Science to allow underground sampling and exploration.

“This is another positive step towards our aim of being a pre-eminent tungsten producer in Australia,” chief executive officer and senior technical adviser Kevin MacNeill id.

“There is significant value in the Mount Carbine resource, and we are heading in the right direction to understand how best to mine it efficiently and maximise value for the company and its shareholders.”

The company is already operating a quarry at Mount Carbine, north-west of Cairns, and retreating waste stockpiles from former mining activity to produce tungsten concentrates.

The next step in reopening the decline after receiving the Federal permission, by way of an amended Environmental Authority, is to submit a report to the State Department of Resources setting out the detailed project plan

The company has engaged John Murphy of Northern Consultancy Services Australia as a specialist consultant for the drafting and completion of the Facility Description Report, and this report is expected to be finalised by April 2021.

Once safe access has been secured, channel samples and several bulk samples will be assayed and tested in the Mount Carbine operation’s XRT sorter and gravity plant.

Upon receipt of anticipated positive results, additional drilling would be undertaken to define the first few years of mining reserves.

This information would form the basis for a feasibility study for the high-grade underground mining operation, EQ Resources said.

EQ Resources was formerly know as Speciality Metals International. A
special resolution was passed by shareholders at the 2020 Annual General Meeting to change the company name.

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