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Capricorn copper mine to reopen in October

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th April 2017 The Queensland government has granted the A$152-million Capricorn copper mine, near Mount Isa, prescribed status in order to assist in the restart of operations. The Capricorn mine, which was previously known as Mt Gordon, was sold to privately held Lighthouse Minerals and its joint venture (JV)... 

Queensland’s Lynham pitches pipelines funding proposal to federal govt

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2017 The Queensland government has placed a proposal before the federal government seeking funding for new gas pipelines in exchange for Queensland gas resources. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham over the weekend said that the package of initiatives was aimed at tackling the... 

Rare resources discovered in Queensland

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2017 Queensland could likely play host to a number of rare minerals, as geologists have unearthed evidence suggesting the presence of platinum and gold as well as rare earth elements (REE). “This may be a whole new frontier for Queensland,” Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said... 

Adani facing stringent water use rules – Minister

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th April 2017 The Queensland state government has put in place financial and regulatory safeguards, as well as a stringent monitoring system to manage the water supply to the proposed Carmichael coal project. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said project developer Adani had to provide the... 

Qld govt opens Olive Downs EIA for comment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th April 2017 The Queensland government has opened the draft terms of the environmental-impact assessment for the proposed Olive Downs coal project for public comment. “This is the first step in a rigorous process for this mine proposal that could create more than 500 construction jobs a year over two years,”... 

Qld invests more in exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th April 2017 The Association of Mining & Exploration Companies (AMEC) has welcomed the Queensland government’s announcement of a A$600 000 investment in exploration. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham on Wednesday said seven mineral and resource companies had gained more than A$600 000 in... 

Qld govt increases support for mining equipment, services sector

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd March 2017 The Queensland government has announced plans for a new accelerated programme to benefit the state’s A$21-billion mining equipment, technology and services (Mets) sector. Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham on Thursday said applications would soon open for the new accelerator... 

Qld steps up support in battle against black lung

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd March 2017 Queensland coal miners have been promised additional support from the state government, to battle the ongoing coal workers pneumoconiosis (CWP), or black lung, epidemic. Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace on Thursday said that since the reemergence of black lung, the Queensland state... 

Qld welcomes further investment in Surat basin

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st March 2017 The Queensland government has welcomed an announcement by oil and gas major Shell that the QGC joint venture (JV) would drill an additional 161 wells to expand operations in the Surat basin. Shell Australia on Tuesday said that the move would enable further supply to both domestic customers and... 

Qld grants Olive Downs coordinated project status

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th February 2017 The Queensland government has awarded the A$1-billion Olive Downs coal mine coordinated project status, allowing the independent Coordinator-General to efficiently coordinate the environmental assessment process for the coal mine across both state and federal agencies. Minister for State... 

Qld govt throws open Surat for development

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th February 2017 The Queensland government has called on gas producers to bid for the right to extract gas from the coal seam gas- (CSG-) rich Surat basin as part of its Australia-only gas pilot project. Minister for State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham on Friday announced the start... 

Senex raises A$55m as it pursues east coast gas opportunities

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd February 2017 The Queensland government has welcomed the A$45.9-million investment from energy investor EIG Global Energy Partners into ASX-listed Senex Energy. Senex this week announced that it has raised A$55-million through a share placement to EIG and other institutional and sophisticated investors. 

Queensland tests gas reservation policy with release of new acreage

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th January 2017 The Queensland government will release 58 km2 of land for gas exploration, but with the condition that any gas produced has to be used in Australia. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said on Wednesday that the pilot exploration project in the state’s coal seam gas- (CSG-)... 

Adani promises no foreign workers at Carmichael

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th December 2016 Indian major Adani has endeared itself to Queensland communities after vowing to source the workforce for its proposed A$21.7-billion Carmichael coal and rail project from regional Queensland, and to not use foreign workers on 457 visas. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Adani had also... 

Final state approvals granted for A$22bn Carmichael coal mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th December 2016 The A$21.7-billion Carmichael coal and rail project, being developed by Indian major Adani, has secured its final state and federal government approvals, after the Queensland Coordinator-General approved an application for the project’s rail line into Abbot Point. The approval is for 31.5 km of... 

CSG commission gets new lifeline

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st December 2016 The Queensland government will appoint an independent ombudsman to work with landholders and gas companies on coal seam gas (CSG) industry issues. State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said on Thursday that the new land access ombudsman was a central element... 

Ravenswood expansion granted ‘prescribed project’ status

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st December 2016 Gold miner Resolute Mining’s proposed A$167-million expansion of its Ravenswood mine has been granted prescribed project status by Queensland State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham. Prescribed project status means the independent Coordinator-General can help Resolute navigate government... 

Qld gives a boost to exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th November 2016 The Queensland government has set aside A$500 000 to back exploration in the world’s richest base metals region. Minister for State Development and Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham said on Wednesday that the state government recognised the importance of north-west Queensland for... 

Qld permanently bans UCG, publishes gas discussion paper

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th November 2016 The hunt for underground coal gasification (UCG) in Queensland is now a thing of the past after legislation was introduced into the state Parliament to ban the operations. Minister for State Development and for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham, said on Tuesday that amendments to... 

Fifo legislation goes before Qld Parliament

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th November 2016 The Queensland Parliament is faced with new laws banning 100% fly-in, fly-out (Fifo) on new large resource projects. Minister for State Development and for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said on Tuesday that the new legislation would prevent a full Fifo workforce in new large... 

Qld declares Adani’s Carmichael ‘critical’ to fast-track project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th October 2016 The Queensland government has invoked special power to progress the A$21.7-billion Carmichael coal and rail project being developed by Indian major Adani. The combined mine, rail and associated water infrastructure have all been declared “critical” infrastructure, the first time this has... 

Townsville port expansion up for debate

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th October 2016 The environmental-impact statement (EIS) for the proposed A$1.64-billion expansion of the Townsville port is open for public comment. Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General over the weekend released additional information about the project’s EIS, which will remain open for comment for a... 

Parliamentary committee appointed to investigate Black Lung disease

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th September 2016 The Queensland Parliament has appointed a six-person Parliamentary Select Committee to probe the re-emergence of the Black Lung disease in the state. A total of 15 people have been diagnosed with the disease so far, with workers union CFMEU claiming that it is aware of more cases, especially... 

Qld throws open exploration doors

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th September 2016 The Queensland government has opened up tenders for the exploration of 102 km2 of tenements in the North West minerals province, inviting explorers from around the world. The tenements are thought to be prospective for copper, gold, lead and zinc. 

Adani overcomes another legal challenge to Galilee basin coal mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th August 2016 Proceedings brought against Indian group Adani’s 11-billion-ton Carmichael coal mine project, by a member of the Wangan and Jagalingou people, earlier this year, have been dismissed by the Federal Court. The group argued that a determination made in April 2015 by the National Native Title... 

Queensland to release new land for exploration

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th July 2016 Queensland Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham plan to release 826 km2 of land for minerals, coal, petroleum and natural gas exploration over the next 12 months. The seven areas range from Cloncurry in the north-west, through the Bowen basin in central Queensland, to near Surat... 

Lock the Gate critical of Rio Tinto coal mine sale

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th July 2016 Environmental group Lock the Gate Alliance has written to the Queensland government, urging it to block the sale of diversified mining group Rio Tinto’s Blair Athol mine to junior miner Terracom for $1. The group on Wednesday accused the mining company of putting Queensland taxpayers at risk of... 

New strategy to tackle black lung after review finds ‘major system failures’

By: Mariaan Webb     13th July 2016 Queensland Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham on Wednesday unveiled a three-pronged strategy to improve coal workers’ health, after a review of the Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme found that a health screening system to protect underground coal workers had failed. Eleven... 

Gasification could reinvigorate coal mining – Mast-Ingle 

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2016 Coal mining in Africa and in South Africa in particular could provide the key to powering up growth on the continent if the opportunity presented by recent developments in underground-coal-to-gas (UCG) technology is seized and implemented. Project management consultant and UCG thought leader... 

CuDeco ramps up ore feeding at Rocklands operation

By: Samantha Herbst     30th June 2016 ASX-listed emerging copper producer CuDeco’s flagship Rocklands operation, in Cloncurry, Queensland, is steadily advancing towards first concentrate production, with the company’s announcement, on Thursday, that it was commencing with ore feeding into the ball mill, with a 60% load. This followed... 

Queensland Budget keeps royalties unchanged

By: Mariaan Webb     14th June 2016 Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt brought cheer to the state’s resources sector on Tuesday, as he kept his government’s election promise not to increase royalty rates, but industry has raised concern about the Budget’s lack of support for exploration. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) CEO... 

Fresh appeal lodged against Adani’s coal project

By: Mariaan Webb     13th June 2016 Environmental activists have lodged a fresh appeal against the $16.5-billion Carmichael coal mine, which Indian group Adani is seeking to build in northern Australia. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) CEO Michael Roche said on Monday that activists lodged an appeal against the Carmichael mine’s... 

Queensland CEOs losing confidence in resources regulation – survey

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th May 2016 Confidence levels among resource company CEOs in Queensland are at a near five-year low, a Queensland Resources Council (QRC) survey has found. QRC CEO Michael Roche said compared to a year ago, the latest findings revealed a stark change in CEOs' confidence about regulation and doing business... 

Queensland reports another case of black lung

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th May 2016 The Queensland government has reported another case of coal worker’s pneumoconiosis, bringing the total number of affected workers in the state to seven. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Anthony Lynham told Parliament this week that a 55-year-old underground miner from central Queensland had... 

Dugald River gets special status from Qld govt

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th April 2016 The Queensland state government has granted developer MMG’s A$1.4-billion Dugald River zinc project special status in an effort to reduce red tape and to assist in job creation in the region. State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said that projects like... 

Qld mulls coal dust reforms

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st April 2016 The Queensland state government was hoping that coal dust reforms would assist in the prevention of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, or the so-called black lung disease. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said this week that coal dust reforms were under way as the government... 

Queensland bans underground coal gasification over environmental risks

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2016 The Queensland government on Monday banned underground coal gasification (UCG) over fears of its environmental impact. State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said that legislation to ban the UCG process would be introduced before the end of the year. 

Adani’s Carmichael faces yet another delay as a fresh appeal is launched

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th April 2016 The $16.5-billion Carmichael coal and rail project is facing yet another legal battle after an indigenous group launched an appeal against the project’s approval. The Wangan and Jagalingou people have lodged an appeal with the Federal Court, seeking a judicial review of a National Native Title... 

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