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Three 1200-tonne beneficiation modules have arrived on site and another three are due this month for construction of the processing facility at Rio Tinto's Amrun bauxite project.

West Australian supplier Civmec was awarded the $160 million contract to construct the beneficiation plant and associated water, electrical and lighting systems for the project.

Fabrication, pre-cast manufacture and assembly work for the new facility have been taking place at Civmec’s Henderson facility in Perth, Western Australia.

About 350 employees including subcontractors have been employed to work on fabrication and another 120 on module assembly.

“Fabrication of these components has showcased best practice Australian manufacturing using 4000 tonnes of Australian steel," Rio Tinto Amrun project director Marcia Hanrahan said.

“Construction of the processing facility has created hundreds of jobs in Western Australia, in addition to our current Amrun workforce of around 1200 in Queensland.

“Almost 80 per cent of the Amrun workforce are Queenslanders, including 176 indigenous employees, of which 43 are local Aboriginal people.

"We are proud of the supplier and employment opportunities we have created for Australians and there will be more to come.”

The beneficiation modules will form the central facility of the plant where bauxite from the Amrun mine will be washed and screened onsite before being shipped to customers.

In October a heavy load vessel transported three beneficiation modules and a transfer tower into the Port of Weipa.

The modules each weigh more than 1200 tonnes, with dimensions of up to 16m wide, 25m long and 30m high.

The remaining three modules are currently being fabricated in Perth and will arrive in mid-November.

Massive modules arrive for Amrun processing plant

Burdekin Shire Council has approved CleanGen Projects' plan to develop the $280 million Burdekin Solar Farm at Clare.

The 140MW solar farm, to be developed on a 227ha site at Ayr Dalbeg Rd, is expected to create up to 400 construction jobs and 10 operational roles.

Burdekin Shire Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the CleanGen Projects solar farm represented a major investment in the shire and in the Burdekin’s potential as a solar energy powerhouse.

“The Burdekin, with its abundant sunshine and available land, is very well positioned to accommodate this type of new and exciting industry," she said.

“Our Council is all for growing the Burdekin and diversification will ensure growth in employment and a sustainable economy into the future.”

It is the fifth large-scale solar farm to gain approval in the Burdekin Shire.

CleanGen Projects managing director Koovashni Reddy said the solar farm included battery storage and would connect to the local grid.

“The battery storage will help produce power when the sun doesn’t shine and assist with grid stability services,” Ms Reddy said.

She said the project would offer apprenticeships to train local youth and would also be encouraging employment opportunities for women during the construction and operational phases.

Green light for $280m Burdekin Solar Farm
Malachite Resources expects first gold production from its Lorena project in north-west Queensland around mid-December.

In a quarterly report released this week the company said mining at the site had commenced.

Commissioning of fixed concentrator plant was commencing and commissioning of the CIL plant was due to start about November 20, it said.

It is expected that the Lorena Gold Project will produce around 30,000 to 35,000 ozs of recovered gold in 18 months of production.

First Lorena gold due in December
Melior Resources says it plans to restart operations at its Goondicum ilmenite mine near Monto and has an agreement in principle with Pala Investments for provision of a US$5.25 million loan facility.

With this commitment from Pala in place, Melior said it would look to secure the remaining US$5 million required to commence the restart of the Goondicum ilmenite mine as quickly as possible.

The company said its decision to restart operations at Goondicum was based on a number of factors, including strong project economics, recovery of ilmenite prices and a positive outlook for the sector given expected GDP economic growth in China and the likely constraints in additional supply for the foreseeable future.

Melior looks to restart ilmenite mine
Mount Isa has joined forces with Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Broken Hill to form an Australian Mining Cities Alliance (AMCA).

The city mayors announced the move at the annual Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) conference in Port Augusta this week.

Alliance chair, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor John Bowler, said the objective was to share knowledge and experience, and to strengthen relationships with the mining industry across Australia.

“Many Australian mining cities have long histories in mining and processing ores, and have generated great wealth over many decades,” Cr Bowler said.

“But when downtimes come, these same mining cities are often hit hard with people losing their jobs and businesses leaving town.

“By tapping into our collective experience and by pooling resources, we can better address these sorts of challenges and pursue opportunities in a highly collaborative way.

“It is only early days, but I feel sure that mining cities across Australia will benefit greatly from this initiative in the years ahead.”

Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch said it was vital that regional Australia’s mining cities had a loud and united
voice.

“Our aim is to position the Alliance as a powerful educational and advocacy force,” Cr McCulloch said.

“Local councils are the voice of hundreds of local communities across Australia which are often dependent on a single large mining project or commodity.

“If that employer or prospective new job-generating industry is impeded by bureaucratic delays and processes, it’s our communities, and our families, that pay the price.”

Mining cities team up in new alliance
Queensland is set to welcome its first dedicated mega-cruise ship terminal with construction set to commence on the $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point on the north side of the Brisbane River.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the cruise terminal would support 245 jobs each year through construction and was the second Market-Led Proposal to advance to the delivery phase, following in the footsteps of the $512 million Logan Motorway Enhancement Project currently under construction.

Site preparation works will start in November, with construction of the wharf to begin mid-next year, and construction of the terminal to begin in around 12 months.

The terminal building will be about 9300sq m, set over two levels and connected to a 200m long wharf, with two air bridges facilitating the movement of passengers on and off the ships.

Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd chief executive officer Roy Cummins said should the project receive ACCC approval, the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal would prove to be a defining piece of the State’s tourism infrastructure network.

“We have worked with the State Government, through its Market-led Proposal process, and other partners including Brisbane City Council and the cruise operators, to make this happen, and we thank all parties for their support and their commitment to our project, " he said.

“Port of Brisbane is investing $158 million to deliver a world-class facility for our world-class city.

“Our focus has been to develop a proposal that supports the cruise industry and delivers a great passenger experience, and we are now going to get on with the hard work of building it.

“It means jobs during construction and jobs for the broader tourism sector for decades to come.

“Port of Brisbane is committed to delivering the best possible economic and tourism outcomes for the cruise industry and Queensland.

“It is an exciting opportunity and we look forward to working with all project partners as we now move into this next phase.”

Brisbane set for $158m mega-cruise ship terminal