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Qld budgets A$27m for North West gas, minerals exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th June 2017 The Queensland government has set aside A$27-million in its latest state budget to fund the next generation of projects in the state’s north-west region. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said the funds would be invested over four years to expand resource exploration and... 

Qld to help METS sector, turn ‘good ideas into commercial products’

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th May 2017 Queensland’s mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector has been invited to apply for the state government’s dedicated late-stage industry accelerator programme, which aims to fast-track innovation in the market. “Delivering the accelerator and other programmes that will drive METS... 

Queensland coal mining jobs growing again

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd May 2017 Stronger commodity prices have resulted in an increase in the number of jobs in the coal exploration sector, with new data from the Queensland government revealing that employment in the sector had grown by more than 3 000 in the six months to November. “Coal mining jobs are up 9% to 22 000 and... 

Qld seeks to improve black lung screening with new standards

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th May 2017 The Queensland government has introduced new accreditation standards for people conducting the compulsory lung function test on the state’s 30 000 coal miners, as part of its reform to tackle black lung disease. “The new standards will ensure quality tests, so if a coal mine worker has lung... 

More land released for oil and gas exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th May 2017 The Australian government has announced that 21 new areas in commonwealth waters will be made available for oil and gas exploration through the 2017 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release. The areas sit across eight basins in commonwealth waters off the Northern Territory, Tasmania,... 

MMG starts staffing Dugald River

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th May 2017 Metals miner MMG has started the recruitment process for its A$1.4-billion Dugald River zinc project, in Queensland, which is expected to start production in the first half of 2018. State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham welcomed the boon for local jobs in... 

Qld proposes changes to Gasfields Commission

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th May 2017 The Queensland government on Wednesday introduced the Gasfields Commission and Other Legislation Amendment Bill to Parliament as part of a package of reforms to revamp the Gasfields Commission to better serve landholders, communities and the onshore gas industry during the next phase of gas... 

Construction to start at Byerwen coal project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th May 2017 Construction on the A$1.76-billion Byerwen coal project, in Queensland, should begin soon, after Australia's QCoal and Japan’s JFE Steel Corporation on Monday announced they had approved the development. The approval came after the Queensland state government last month granted mining leases to... 

Queensland unveils mine rehabilitation reforms

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th May 2017 The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (Amec) has welcomed the Queensland government’s proposed reforms on mine rehabilitation and financial bonds for mines. The proposed reforms are the most significant upgrades to the resource sector’s financial assurance and rehabilitation... 

New Hope gains Qld approval for Colton coal mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th May 2017 The Queensland government has granted mining lease approvals for the three tenements making up ASX-listed New Hope Corporation’s proposed A$300-million Colton coal mine. New Hope MD Shane Stephan on Thursday welcomed the development, saying the approval, which was provided after a thorough... 

Qld releases land for exploration bids in coal-rich Bowen basin

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th April 2017 The Queensland government has opened more than 270 km2 of land for bids from coal explorers. State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham on Friday announced tenders for four blocks in the Bowen basin, the first release of Queensland coal country in four years. 

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... 

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