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A Rockhampton business has launched a mobile application to help construction businesses create and record safety documents and activities in a matter of minutes.

The Projects One Safety Online app is designed to streamline the safety documentation process by allowing workers to complete compliance documents on the job site, on smart mobile devices, where they can see the hazards.

Projects One Safety Online co-founder Wendy Bishop said safety had become one of the most time-consuming aspects of running a small construction business and it was time to work smarter not harder.

“In many workplaces, the tedious process of completing safety paperwork means people cut corners or simply tick and flick, and the purpose of doing safety administration is lost,” Ms Bishop said.

“Every tradie needs to have a safety system in place, and we wanted to make the process simple.

“Creating Projects One Safety Online means we now have an interactive system which includes the whole team, providing the ability to discuss safety matters onsite with the team where and when it matters, recording Toolbox Meetings, Risk Assessments and Safe Work Method Statements, and receiving reminders to review and update documents as needed.

“From electricians to plumbers, brick layers to roofers, painters to plasterers, tradies across all facets of the construction industry can benefit from this application.”

The new platform was facilitated by Rockhampton Regional Council’s SmartHub, geared at helping start-ups maximise their early stage business success by offering collaboration and learning opportunities, monitoring and affordable workspaces.

Rockhampton acting Mayor Neil Fisher said it was very encouraging to see the SmartHub continuing to support and help create the businesses of the future.

“I praise the Projects One team for identifying a need for this kind of efficiency and simplicity across the construction sector,” Cr Fisher said.

“Safety should be the first thing we think about in everything we do, as everyone deserves to go home safe at the end of the day, each and every day.

“This is an extremely useful tool that puts safety in the spotlight, helping positively change the behaviour towards safety.”

Three significant infrastructure projects supporting 100 jobs are underway at the Port of Mackay in the run-up to Christmas, as work to extend Wharf 1 kicks off.

Queensland-based company Davbridge Constructions will deliver the $2.4 million extension project.

The project comes as upgrades on Wharf 4 reach the final stages with the installation of the 60-tonne steel access bridge by contractor V2R Projects.

Also progressing is the $1.5 million stabilisation of the western revetment with Queensland-based contractors MGN Civil arriving on site earlier this month.

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) chief executive officer Nicolas Fertin said the 120sq m extension of the Wharf 1 access bridge at the Port of Mackay would improve infrastructure capability to handle extra-long (up to 95m) cargoes.

“This will position the Port of Mackay to be able to take advantage of new, diversified trade opportunities such as rail, or renewables projects,” he said.

Davbridge Constructions project manager Alex Graff said the company had hit the ground running.

“This project will allow us to showcase Davbridge’s marine construction expertise and support the local economy,” Mr Graff said.

“Throughout the six-month project we will support over 30 local jobs from around 15 local businesses.”

The projects are part of NQBP’s extensive 2020-21 works program for Mackay and Hay Point, worth more than $17 million.

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The BHP Mitsubishi Alliance-operated airport at Moranbah has been renamed Moranbah ‘Bunhdhara’ Airport in recognition of the area’s Traditional Owners.

A new diversity walkway and ‘Wadda Mooli’ signage, which means ‘welcome’ and ‘goodbye’ in Barada Barna language, have been added to the Bowen Basin site.

A number of Indigenous heritage artefacts gathered from BHP and BMA operations over the years are also on show.

BMA asset president James Palmer said the company was very proud to be recognising its relationship with the Barada Barna people through re-naming the airport and with these artworks.

“The airport has been re-named ‘Bunhdhara’ which means sky in Barada Barna language – a perfect fit for an airport,” he said.

“The artwork and artefact displays are a demonstration of respect and recognition, showing how far we have progressed beyond just acknowledging the Traditional Owners and their lands, to being really proud to show off the strong relationship we have and continue to develop with the Barada Barna peoples.

“The artwork was created by local artist Elaine Chambers to reflect what was on people’s minds when they head back to the Moranbah area to work on Barada Barna country again.

“For those of us who travel here, the Moranbah region is our second home when we’re on shift or visiting or working and we are all so interconnected to each other on these lands. ” 

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BMA asset president James Palmer with Barada Barna Aboriginal Corporation chairperson Luarna Walsh and director Kevin Brown.
Evolution Mining has secured complete ownership of the Crush Creek project after drill results demonstrating its potential to extend the life of the nearby Mount Carlton gold operation.

Evolution entered into an earn-in agreement with Basin Gold last year over the Crush Creek project, 30km south-east of the Mount Carlton mining and processing operation.

Evolution has now achieved the requirement of sole funding $7 million of exploration expenditure to earn a 70 per cent interest in the project.

It is paying $4.5 million to acquire the remaining 30 per cent of the project from Basin Gold, which will also retain a 10 per cent Net Profit Interest on any gold production in excess of 100,000 ounces.

Crush Creek hosts low sulphidation epithermal gold mineralisation and Evolution has reported encouraging results from BV7, Delta, The Kink and Gamma prospects.

It said drilling was continuing at these prospects during the December quarter, focusing on the high-grade plunge to the north of BV7, as well as follow up drilling at The Kink and Gamma prospects.

“Drilling at Crush Creek has returned promising results and reinforces our belief that mineralisation we are delineating has the potential to extend mine life at Mount Carlton,” Evolution vice-president discovery and business development Glen Masterman said.

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Macmahon Holdings says it has been formally awarded a $250 million contract for work at the Foxleigh coal mine near Middlemount in Central Queensland.

It comes after the mining services firm was named as preferred contractor in October.

The agreement will see Macmahon provide equipment hire and maintenance services at the Foxleigh mine over a five-year term from March 1 next year.

“The formal award of the Foxleigh project adds $250 million to our order book and further diversifies and expands our east coast presence,” Macmahon chief executive officer and managing director Michael Finnegan said.

“We are now looking forward to building on the relationship with our new client.”

The Foxleigh mine is an open-cut, truck and excavator operation in the Bowen Basin which produces low volatile PCI coal for Asian steel mill customers.

It is owned by QMetco (70 per cent), Posco Australia, and Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Australia.

The proposed scope of work involves the hire and maintenance of 21 large
capacity dump trucks and other ancillary equipment over a five-year term, together with the maintenance of client owned equipment.

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Hall Contracting has won the largest contract in Port of Townsville’s $232 million Channel Upgrade Project, with a package of works expected to employ 70 people.

The works include capital dredging to widen 14.9km of sea channels over two years and reclamation of 62ha of land through beneficial reuse of dredged material.

Hall Contracting is expected to begin capital dredging in May 2021.

The major contract follows the extensive work over the past 18-months to build a 2.2km rock perimeter wall to receive the material.

Port of Townsville chief executive officer Ranee Crosby said Queensland-based Hall Contracting had partnered with Townsville’s Pacific Marine Group to offer extensive experience in dredging and reclamation.

They had committed to almost 100 per cent of this project being resourced from Queensland- based businesses, she said.

“Hall Contracting has presented the best offer to complete the works,” Ms Crosby said.

“Their strong commitment to local industry and First Nations people’s participation as well as employment and learning opportunities for tertiary students, apprentices and trainees presents significant opportunities for our region.

“Over the course of the project they will provide meaningful training across a range of vocations including vessel crew, marine engineers, diesel fitters, hydraulic fitters, boilermakers, earthmoving operators and dredge operators.”

Hall Contracting chief executive officer Cameron Hall said the company’s backhoe dredge Woomera, the largest Australian-owned dredge of its kind, would arrive in Townsville to commence works next year.

The channel upgrade project will widen the current shipping channel from 92m to 180m at the inshore (port) end, tapering to 120m wide in the sea channel, increasing the size of cargo, cruise and defence vessels able to access the Port of Townsville.

The Port has committed $17 million for environmental monitoring and management programs as part of the project, including those covering dolphins, turtles, seagrass, coral and shorebirds.

An Independent Technical Advisory Committee is also providing expert oversight of the monitoring programs during the capital dredging works.


Image: Hall Contracting also led the work to build a 2.2km rock wall to form a protective bund around a 62ha Port Reclamation Area at the eastern end of the Port of Townsville. 

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