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Castillo Copper has released what it describes as ‘game changing’ assay results confirming a major copper discovery at Big One deposit.

The latest results significantly extend known mineralisation and clearly confirm there is a high-grade, shallow scalable copper system at the North West Queensland site, the company says.

It is accelerating development plans for the deposit, with a geophysics campaign being formulated and modelling of a JORC-compliant resource underway.

The latest results include 40m at 1.64 per cent copper including 1m at 16.65 per cent and 44m at 1.19 per cent copper including 1m at 12.6 per cent.

The recent drilling campaign has also demonstarted high cobalt grades, including 12m at 912ppm cobalt.

“We are delighted to receive assays of this calibre, especially with global copper supplies tight,” managing director Simon Paull said.

“There is now compelling evidence Big One deposit is a shallow,
high-grade copper-cobalt system that can potentially scale further.

“The board is now ramping up forward development work and the modelling of a maiden JORC-compliant resource.”

The Big One deposit is part of Castillo’s Mount Oxide project, located 150km north of Mount Isa near the old Mount Oxide copper mine.

The CSIRO, has joined with Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) to better understand the environment and improve safety systems.

It’s comes in the form of a new water quality and wind monitoring station installed at the Port of Bundaberg.

The equipment is located on top of a pylon in the mouth of the river and is expected to collect a more comprehensive data.

It’s an upgrade from what CSIRO was previously using at the Sir Thomas Hiley Wharf to measure water quality and wind.

CSIRO Research Scientist Geoffrey Carlin said the pylon at the Port of Bundaberg is well positioned for monitoring the effects on coastal waters and the effects on reefs.

As well as keeping an eye on the environment, the monitoring technology will be able to send real time updates to assist our marine pilots further in navigating ships safely in and out of the Port.

Raw data will also be accessible in real time on the CSIRO website.

The Rockhampton CBD is in for a shake up.

The city council has introduced a Development Incentive Policy to promote multi-unit development in the area between the bridges crossing the Fitzroy River and the four blocks up to Alma St.

The policy builds on development incentives which have played an important part in stimulating the regoin’s economy over the past seven years, said Acting Mayor Neil Fisher.

“The purpose of the Development Incentives Policy is to attract investment and support projects that will deliver local jobs and promote economic growth in our community,” Cr Fisher said. 

“Under the policy, Council will refund up to 75 per cent of infrastructure charges to any private development that meets our specific set of criteria, which includes significantly increasing local employment opportunities. 

“Council has refined this policy for 2021 to include multiple residential dwellings in the area bounded by Victoria Parade and North, Alma and Fitzroy Streets in Rockhampton.  

“We have seen strong growth in this precinct since 2013, mainly through the construction of multi-story residential complexes.“

Last month, Council expanded the current Development Incentives Policy to include multiple residential unit developments in specific areas near the CBD. 

The policy also extends the current incentives policy for investment in tourism, health, resources, education, aged care and retirement investment sectors.  

The policy provided opportunities for both expansion and new investment said Advance Rockhampton’s Executive Manager, Greg Bowden. 

“And, best of all it will compliment Advance Rockhampton’s goal to create long term job growth in the region and across Central Queensland,” Mr Bowden said.

“By amending the policy to include multiple residential dwellings we are sending a message to investors and developers in this sector that Rockhampton Regional Council is committed to increasing liveability options and investment attraction to the region.

“We are really looking forward to welcoming applications from investors and developers in the residential unit sector and working with successful applicants to broaden the lifestyle choices in Rockhampton.”

The new policy will apply to development applications lodged with Council from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.

Port of Townsville has released its vision for the next 30 years, with objectives across four priority areas of planet, community, people and prosperity.

Chief executive officer Ranee Crosby said Port Vision 2050 upheld the Port’s long and proud tradition of servicing and strengthening communities and economic prosperity of Northern Queensland.

“Looking forward to 2050, we will be more than 180 years old. To continue to serve our communities, grow the trades and services of the future and ensure strategic defence and cruise capability for the future, our Ports will require expansion and modernisation,” she said.

“As we grow, we have a sharp focus on ensuring our developments and operations protect and improve our surrounding environment and the lives of our communities.”

Among the 30-year goals are:

  • becoming a climate-positive, climate-ready port, planting an additional million trees and halving baseline emissions,
  • transforming 10ha of land along Ross Creek into vibrant waterfront destinations,
  • supporting $5 million in local community projects through a newly established Port Community Fund, and
  • delivering the $1.6 billion port expansion in line with trade needs and facilitating more than $700 billion in economic value for Northern Australia.

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Gladstone’s LNG plants last month exceeded nameplate capacity for the first time since exports commenced in January 2015, according to figures from EnergyQuest.

November was generally a strong month for Australian LNG exports, with 6.9 million tonnes (Mt) shipped, the highest since April this year.

EnergyQuest chief executive officer Graeme Bethune said one of the reasons for the strong performance was record production from the east coast LNG projects at Gladstone.

They shipped 2.126Mt (32 cargoes) in November, eclipsing the record set in October of 2.050Mt.

Total Australian exports for the year to November are running 1.2Mt ahead of the same period last year and EnergyQuest expects that total exports for the year could reach a new record of 78Mt, up on the 77.5Mt exported in 2019.

The two biggest markets for Australian LNG are Japan and China, which both took 2.6Mt in November, higher than November 2019 in both cases. The third and fourth biggest markets were Korea and Taiwan.

While export volumes have done well during 2020, prices have been gutted.

Just eight months ago, total LNG export revenue was $4.4 billion. By September it was down to $1.8 billion.

The good news is that revenue is starting to recover with higher oil and LNG spot prices. EnergyQuest expects LNG export revenue may have reached $2.9 billion in November.

Mr Bethune said LNG spot prices had staged a remarkable recovery. As of 11 December, the Platts JKM for January was US$11.23/MMBtu, a more than 26-month high and higher than oil-linked prices, currently around US$5.36/MMBtu.

Gladstone Ports Corporation data shows the east coast projectsshipped 1.6Mt to Chinain November (1.2Mt in October), 0.23Mt to Korea (0.34Mt), 0.07Mt to Japan (0.13Mt) and 0.12Mt to Malaysia (0.19Mt).

Queensland imported gas from the other states in November, with flows in an easterly direction seen throughout the month, EnergyQuest said. Net gas flows to Queensland from other states were 3.7 PJ in November.

Melbourne-based property developer Gurner has submitted plans for a $60 million boutique wellness, hotel and residential retreat in Port Douglas.

The complex, to be situated on 2833sq m of beachfront land at Murphy St, would include 16 ultra-luxury private residences and a further 18 boutique hotel rooms.

Gurner has engaged Powell and Glenn architects to lead the design in collaboration with Wolveridge Architects, given their exceptional local knowledge and experience.

The developer has also appointed landscape architect Myles Baldwin to create a tropical oasis filled with greenery, pools and private landscaped retreats and palms.

Gurner founder and director Tim Gurner confirmed the developer’s intentions to sell the ultra-luxury private residences but retain ownership of the boutique retreat, spa and public food and beverage offering as part of its multi-billion-dollar diversification strategy.

“Port Douglas has been an incredibly important part of our family’s life over the past 15 years and is without doubt our favourite destination to visit in Australia,” he said.

“We want to give back to this amazing town and create something that does not currently exist.”

Initial town planning designs have been submitted to Douglas Shire Council, with construction earmarked to commence in mid-2021.