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Port of Townsville has awarded a $1.2 million repair and maintenance contract to Casa Projects for the public jetty in Lucinda.

The Little Lucinda Jetty sits next to the sugar terminal at Lucinda Port and is a popular site for fishing and recreational activities.

The maintenance project comes after AECOM last year conducted an Inshore Wharf Structural Inspection at Lucinda and produced a
report finding the steel piles of the wharf stem should be repaired as soon as practical.

The scope of works will include repairing steel piles of the 68 wharf stems, steel patching plates to reinforce the stems and corrosion protection of the steel piles.

Little Lucinda Jetty has been subject to load restrictions since 1999 due to deterioration of the structure.

The Lucinda Bulk Sugar Terminal uses an adjacent 5.6km jetty to transport raw sugar via conveyor to an off-shore berth and shiploader.

Gladstone Regional Council has handed down its 2020/21 Operational Plan and Budget, outlining its priorities over the next 12 months.

The Budget features a $64.8 million capital works program, which includes $27.2 million in State and Federal Government contributions.

Key capital projects to be funded this financial year include:
• $3.2m for Benaraby Landfill Cell Development
• $2.3m for building and electrical improvements at Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens
• $1.55m for gravel road resheeting
• $1.4m for bridge replacements at Gorge Rd and John Clifford Way, Lowmead
• $730,000 for the Goondoon St footpath renewal
• $690,000 for the Agnes St carpark at Agnes Water
• $200,000 for safety improvements for Turkey Beach Rd.

“Despite the current uncertainty regarding the long-term impacts of COVID-19, Gladstone Regional Council is delivering a budget that ensures key projects are continued and new projects are brought forward to support continued employment opportunities,” Mayor Matt Burnett said.

In light of the impact of COVID-19 on the community and economy, he said the council would be freezing rates for the 2020/21 financial year.

“This means all ratepayers in Rural, Residential, Commercial and Light Industrial land categories (Rating Categories 1-16) will not pay more in general rates or service charges than they did last year,” Cr Burnett said.

“In order to give effect to the rates freeze, properties that would have otherwise received an increase due to the implementation of the rate cap, will receive a COVID-19 concession to reduce their effective general rate to be equivalent to the 2019/20 general rate levy.”

Cr Burnett also outlined freezes in relation to sewerage charges and water access charges.
Zenith Minerals has raised just over $5 million to fast-track exploration on gold projects including Red Mountain in Central Queensland.

The company said it expected ‘significant news flow’ as drilling progressed at Red Mountain, which lies within about 100km of operating gold mines at Cracow and Mount Rawdon.

A drill program is also planned this month for its Spilt Rocks gold project in Western Australia.

10-hole RC drill program at Red Mountain recently returned results including 14m at 5.5 g/t gold, including 6m at 12.3 g/t gold from surface.

The company plans to resume drilling there and is continuing surface geochemical programs at the Flanagans gold project and Develin Creek copper-zinc project, also in Queensland.

The successful capital raising of $5.1 million came through a share placement to institutional and sophisticated investors, involving issue of 51 million new fully paid ordinary shares.

Zenith raises $5m to accelerate gold projects
Mackay-based G&S Engineering will build the coal handling plant for Adani’s Carmichael coal project in a contract expected to support 200 jobs.

Adani Mining chief executive officer Lucas Dow said G&S Engineering, owned by DRA Global, was a leading provider of services to the Australian resources sector, having completed similar work for other coal mines across the country.

“Mackay is renowned for its well-established mining services industry and it has always been our intention to engage services from regional Queensland wherever possible,” Mr Dow said.

“DRA will carry out the design, engineering and construction of our coal handling plant, which is expected to create approximately 200 jobs and deliver an economic boost to Mackay and regional Queensland more broadly at a time it is needed most.”

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson welcomed the announcement and praised Adani for maintaining its production timeline and staying true to its local jobs commitment.

Resource Industry Network director Mark Walter said the contract was not only a great win for G&S, but for the broader region.

“This couldn’t come at a better time to support our mining services industry,” Mr Walter said.

“We’re pleased to see that Adani is supporting local contractors and our community more broadly.”
Adani started construction on the Carmichael project just over a year ago.

In that time it has awarded more than $1 billion worth of contracts and Mr Dow said it remained on track to create more than 1500 direct jobs during the construction and ramp-up of the project, as well as ome further 6,750 indirect jobs.

“Construction is continuing with strict measures in place to manage the risk of the COVID-19 virus and to keep our workforce and the community safe,” he said.

Adani last month awarded a $350 million-plus civil construction contract to Queensland-based BMD.

The BMD work package is expected to generate 600 jobs and the company says the majority of the workforce will come from Rockhampton and Townsville.

Works to upgrade the mine site airstrip have been completed and flights between Townsville and the mine site began in late May, while Rockhampton flights started in June.

Coal Handling Plant (CHP) Fast Facts:
  • The CHP is designed to size the coal and prepare it for transport including loading the coal on to trains.
  • DRA and G&S will carry out the engineering, design and construction of the CHP, which will be built at the Carmichael mine site.
  • The scope of works includes supply and construction of coal sizing and conveying equipment; construction of coal stockpiling infrastructure; and construction of the Train Load Out infrastructure to enable loading of trains.

North Queensland Bulk Ports has assisted the kick-start of mineral sands exports from Port of Weipa in Far North Queensland.

NQBP recently supported Clear Logistics Australia to facilitate the export of up to 70,000 tonnes of mineral sands.

Two shipments have made their way to China in recent months since Clear Logistics Australia sought the opportunity discovered at Urquhart Point, on the South Bank of the Embley River about 5km from Weipa.

Clear Logistics is a part-owner of Green Coast Resources, better known for its bauxite operations at Weipa’s Hey Point.

An organisational refocus spurred an opportunity to take advantage of the mineral sands deposit, Clear Logistics marine superintendent Krysten Roberts said.

“We thought it would be a great opportunity to pivot our business into a new trade,” Mr Roberts said.

The heavy mineral sands deposits were made up of elements for use in various commodities, he said.

“These include ilmenite, rutile and zircon, materials which are used in the production of paint, ceramics, sunscreen and cosmetics to name a few,” he said.

“To help us mine these materials, we had 15 people on the job at the peak of our operations, a mixture of locals from the Cape and Cairns. Where we can support North Queenslanders, we do.”

The opportunity aligns with the State-Government-owned port corporation’s strategic focus to support the diversification of Queensland’s economy and trade, according to NQBP chief executive officer Nicolas Fertin.

“As a port corporation supporting more than 27,000 jobs in industries associated with our ports, we value opportunities to support emerging trade – and local jobs – through projects such as this one with Clear Logistics,” Mr Fertin said.

“The fostering of trade opportunities at all of our ports contributes to a strong growth in our regional Queensland economy. Weipa developed its economy on bauxite since the 1960s.

“Exporting mineral sand – even in small quantities – is a testament of Weipa business and NQBP’s effort and dedication to introduce new trade.”

Clear Logistics has plans in the wings for its mineral sands operation, with potential scope for an on-site plant.

“The mineral sands deposit is a limited resource, but we are hoping to build a plant onsite to high-grade the remaining material. In the meantime, we are remobilising back to Hey Point to reinvigorate our bauxite mining,” Mr Roberts said.

“I have to applaud NQBP in the way that they are open to, and supportive of facilitating other trades in Weipa, it’s great to see that the staff are so passionate and behind people like us 100 per cent.”

Trade diversification at the Port of Weipa
BMD is set to begin work next month on a $29.2 million safety package on the Bruce Highway south of Ingham, focusing on a 7.3km stretch between Hechts Rd and Easter Creek.

The upgrades will generate almost 50 jobs for construction workers, local contractors and other businesses in the supply chain, according to Federal Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack.

“This package of works at Bambaroo, about 90km north of Townsville, will deliver vital improvements to road safety on several sections of the highway, benefitting motorists travelling between Townsville and Ingham,” Mr McCormack said.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said almost $140 million was locked in for major upgrades to the Bruce Highway between Townsville and Ingham in the next few years.

“This is the latest jointly-funded investment to upgrade the Bruce Highway north of Townsville,” Mr Bailey said.

“Later this year, works are expected to be wrapped up on a $24.9 million package to upgrade intersections and build new overtaking lanes at Bluewater.”

Construction tenders are expected to be called in late 2020 for the $107.7 million Townsville Northern Access Intersections Upgrade project, currently in the detailed design phase.

The project will duplicate the highway between Veales Rd and Pope Rd, including a new bridge over Black River.

It is planned to deliver safety improvements at four Bruce Highway intersections – Catastis Road, Scrubview Road, Jourama Falls Road and Yuruga Road.