New FIFO Law kicks in On Friday

FIFO workers

Those new laws governing FIFO work forces into the future become a reality from tomorrow. They mean that major resource projects adjacent to nearby regional communities will no longer be able to employ 100 per cent fly-in fly-out workforces in Queensland. Under the Act, large resource … [Read more...]

North West Queenslanders Dig It

Port of Kurumba

Productivity at one of Queensland’s most remote ports, is getting a boost as work begins shortly on the new $6.8 million dredging program for the Port of Kurumba, creating a channel depth of 3.2 metres. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says the investment followed the decision by … [Read more...]

Explorers Seek Next-Gen Bowen Basin Coal


Two Australian exploration companies - Metroof Minerals and Sojitz Coal - have been named as preferred tenders to unlock the next round of coal reserves in Queensland’s Bowen Basin. The two explorers have exploration rights to a total of about 13,100 hectares between Middlemount and Blackwater, … [Read more...]

Australia takes the Minerals Cake

Set of valuable metals ingots isolated on white. 3D photo rendering.

If ever there was any doubt as to where the strength of the Australian Economy really rests latest statistics clearly indicate that as well as agriculture, mining in rural and remote areas of the country are its back bone. The latest statistics on Australia’s vast mineral resources show … [Read more...]

Qld MP Hits Back at Shortens’ Victorian Claims

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has attracted the wrath of North Queensland MP George Christensen as he backflips on the Adarni Mine. Mr Christensen says the North Queensland economy has been delivered another kick in the guts by the stance of Labor leader Bill Shorten. “He’s turning … [Read more...]

Bowen Basin Collaboration to Boost Jobs


Bowen Basin mining and support companies and businesses will collaborate to find solutions to challenges facing the industry as a new program is launched in Mackay today. State Development Minister Anthony Lynham says the pilot METS Ignited Bowen Basin Cluster Program is aimed at encouraging … [Read more...]

Carmichael FIFO Hub Decision Welcomed

FIFO workers

The State Government has welcomed Adani Australia’s decision to pick both Townsville and Rockhampton as the cities to host fly-in fly-out (FIFO) hubs for the Carmichael Coal project in the State’s Galilee Basin. Agriculture Minister and Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne says the outcome is … [Read more...]

New FIFO Law for Regional Communities

FIFO workers

The State government delivered on its election commitment this week to legislate against 100 per cent fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workforces on large resource projects near regional communities. Minister for State Development Anthony Lynham sys the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Bill … [Read more...]

Underground Coal Gasification Banned


A ban on underground coal gasification (UCG) in Queensland is now the letter of the law, following the successful passage of legislation in Parliament this week. UCG involves converting coal to a synthesized gas by burning coal underground. The syngas is processed on surface to create … [Read more...]