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Developer Greater Rewards Group says council approval is the last hurdle to starting its $1.1 billion Whitsunday Paradise project near Bowen, after gaining the green light from State Government.

The Gold Coast-based company plans to develop a residential community of 2000 dwellings for up to 5000 people across 10 stages.

General manager Blake Thomas said it would immediately start $40 million worth of infrastructure upgrades for the Bowen region – creating 84 jobs – upon receiving Whitsunday Regional Council approval.

The company received the green light from the Department of Main Roads and Transport two weeks ago followed by final approval of its plans by the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.

“The Whitsunday Paradise is a 20-year commitment for the team at Greater Rewards Group and we intend to be a long -term partner in the future of the Bowen region,” Mr Thomas said.

“The development will contribute $1.129 billion to the regional economy across the 10 stages of the project.”

Mr Thomas said the masterplan included a range of lot sizes to accommodate traditional houses, townhouses, units and potentially tourist accommodation.

The first stage of the project is planned to include 200 new housing lots, an AFL field with clubhouse and a service centre with food outlets

“Whitsunday Paradise will have more than 50ha of dedicated green space incorporating Mt Bramston, the foreshore and a series of parks,” Mr Thomas said.

Adani Mining has announced changes to its leadership as development of the Carmichael mine progresses towards first coal in 2021.

Adani Mining chief executive officer Lucas Dow will step down from the role of CEO and take up the role of director of the Board of Adani Mining.

Current project director David Boshoff will take on the role of CEO, based in Townsville, from July 13.

The pair shared the news with the Carmichael coal and rail project team in Townsville as they officially celebrated the one year anniversary since project approvals were granted.

Mr Boshoff joined Adani Mining in November 2019 and in his role as project director has led the ramp up of construction activities.

Prior to joining Adani, Mr Boshoff spent the previous five years as general manager at BHP’s Mt Arthur Coal and Daunia mines.

Prior to this he was instrumental in commencing production ramp-up on schedule at BMA’s Caval Ridge mine.

Before joining BHP, Mr Boshoff led mining teams in coal, iron ore and platinum operations in South Africa and Central Queensland.

He holds an Executive Master’s in Business Administration from Melbourne Business School and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

IMAGE: Adani Mining chief executive Lucas Dow and project director David Boshoff at Adani's offices in Townsville.

Red River Resources has reported a record quarter for copper at its Thalanga operation in North Queensland.

The bumper result stemmed from an increase in copper grade in the ore milled (to 1.0 per cent copper) and a record copper recovery to copper concentrate of 84.7 per cent.

The company achieved a record quarterly production of 2697 tonnes of high-quality copper concentrate.

At the same time it produced 4310 tonnes of high-quality zinc concentrate and 1133 tonnes of high-quality lead concentrate.

Red River also processed a parcel of historical gold-rich tailings from its Liontown project during the quarter.

This produced approximately 600 tonnes of gold concentrate containing 1300oz of gold on an unreconciled basis.

Jellinbah Group has awarded mining services provider Thiess a $2.5 billion contract extension at its Lake Vermont coal mine, 30km north-east of Dysart.

The five-year contract continues Thiess’ full-service mining operations including mine planning, coal mining, topsoil and overburden removal, drill and blast, water management and rehabilitation of final landforms.

This includes providing all mobile plant and equipment, being statutory operator for the project, and operating and maintaining the client’s Coal Handling and Preparation Plant (CHPP). 

Thiess (a CIMIC Group company) will also provide a range of autonomous services at the mine, including the implementation of autonomous drilling and semi-autonomous dozer push. 

“We’ve developed a strong working relationship with Jellinbah Group since commencing work at Lake Vermont in 2007,” Thiess Managing Director Douglas Thompson said.

“We’re excited to bring fresh thinking and new solutions to support the mine’s continued, sustainable evolution over the next five years.” 

The contract extension will commence from 1 January 2022. 

CIMIC Group’s mineral processing company, Sedgman also provides CHPP operations support at the Lake Vermont mine. 

Consolidated Tin Mines plans to take over Auctus-owned operations in the Chillagoe region, west of Cairns, under a new $26.5 million deal with administrators.

The acquisition includes the Mungana processing plant, the inactive Mungana mine and the King Vol polymetallic mine, which produces about 360,000 tonnes of ore per annum.

Consolidated Tin Mines (CSD) says combining the Auctus assets with its existing operations in the region will deliver a well-diversfiied, high-grade, long-life polymetallic business.

Managing director Ralph De Lacey highlighted the gold producing potential in the package, with significant gold mineralisation identified around the Red Dome gold mine, Mungana mine and other areas.

“The gold producing potential will be a high priority for the company in the short to medium term,” he said.

Consolidated Tin Mines proposes to change its name to Aurora Metals Limited as part of the business transformation.

A previous agreement for CSD to acquire the assets for $53.3 million fell through in March and Auctus Resources was placed into voluntary administration.

Consolidated Tin said it had successfully particpated in a revised sale process through the administrator, resulting in a Deed of Company Arrangement covering the same assets involved in the February sale deal.

For the sale to go ahead, the agreement must be approved by an Auctus creditors meeting expeceted to be held this month, by Consolidated Tin shareholders and by the Foreign Investment Review Board.

Consolidated Tin has paid a $2 million deposit to the administrator as an advance payment.

The company also announced that it had sold its tin tenements to Tableland Mining Group for $4 million.

A deposit of $2 million had been received, with the final payment to be made upon FIRB approval, it said.

IMAGE: The King Vol mine, under care and maintenance, is part of the sale deal.

Tenders are out to design Rockhampton’s $1 billion ring road, marking a major step in a project expected to support almost 800 jobs.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said concepts had been finalised and released to the community and it was time to get down to the detail.

“Investing in significant infrastructure projects like the Rockhampton Ring Road improves road safety and supports the region’s economy by improving freight efficiency, flood resilience and capacity on the Bruce Highway,” Mr McCormack said.

“The project will strengthen connections between key employment, leisure, tourism and residential growth areas in Rockhampton and the wider region.

“This project will support nearly 800 jobs and we are continuing to roll out this type of major project nationwide under our $100 billion infrastructure investment pipeline, which is laying the foundations for economic recovery as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The complex 14.7km route includes 6.5km of bridges.

State Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke encouraged local businesses to apply for the tender.

“We know there’s a long road ahead when it comes to COVID-19 and that’s why we’re focused on Queensland’s plan for economic recovery – a laser-like focus on infrastructure, jobs, industry and business for Queensland,” Mr O’Rourke said.

“Projects like this will put us in good stead over coming years and will be joined by another $1 billion in new and accelerated roads funding across Queensland announced during COVID-19, which includes the $35 million Lawrie Street upgrade.”

The $1 billion Rockhampton Ring Road project is jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $800 million and the Queensland Government committing $200 million.