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The 'new' Crocodile Dundee met New Century when stars flew in to shoot the clip that gained world attention at this week's Super Bowl.

Actors Chris Hemsworth and Danny McBride took advantage of the Century mine airstrip, close to their filming location at Adels Grove in Queensland's lower Gulf country.

The mock film trailer, drawing on the popularity of the Paul Hogan originals, featured a host of Australia's most prominent actors including Russell Crowe, Margot Robbie, and Hugh Jackman.

New Century Resources spokesman Shane Goodwin said the team was very proud to have played a small role in Tourism Australia’s Crocodile Dundee campaign.

The company plans to restore the Century mine site to a place among the world’s top 10 zinc producers through a $113 million tailings reprocessing operation, starting production this year.

Below: New Century superintendent support services Dan Fifield (far left) and site senior executive Barry Harris (centre) with actors Danny McBride and Chris Hemsworth.

Crocodile Dundee's Century drop-in
The Federal Government has approved the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the $1.64 billion Townsville Port Expansion Project.

This clears the way for preliminary works on Stage 1, the $193 million channel widening project, to kick off by April this year, pending a resolution on final funding between the State and Federal governments.

Port of Townsville chief executive officer Ranee Crosby said the 30-year development plan under the expansion project would to allow the facility to become a globally competitive port.

“Ships are getting bigger and the widening of the channel is absolutely critical to the future viability of the Port of Townsville,” she said.

“Bigger ships coming to Townsville will mean lower shipping costs for freight, better connectivity to global trade markets, as well as allowing larger cruise ships to visit the city, which will further boost cruise tourism in the region.

“At the moment Townsville cannot accept ships longer than 238m in length, which by today’s global standards is completely inadequate.

“We are working closely with the Queensland and Federal Governments on final funding arrangements so we can get this project underway, creating local jobs, and continuing to work in close partnership with the local community to deliver best practice environmental outcomes.”

Port of Townsville will fund $43 million for the channel capacity upgrade, the Queensland Government has confirmed a $75 million funding commitment and has sought a matched $75 million contribution from the Federal Government for the project to proceed.

Port expansion plan passes another hurdle
Project cargo for the $360 million Mount Emerald Wind Farm and for MSF Sugar's $75 million green energy plant are part of a bumper month at the Port of Cairns.

The Pacific Aria, docking at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal (CCLT) this week, is the first of nine cruise ships scheduled to visit in February.

A couple of wharfs down, 48 tower sections for the Mount Emerald Wind Farm are due in on February 6, to be discharged by NSS, followed on February 8 by a shipment of 12 tower sections, 26 hubs, 26 Nacelles and 11 x 40ft containers.

Another project cargo shipment, on February 19, will unload 63 break bulk packages for transportation to MSF Sugar's project, at their Tableland Mill near Mareeba.

Ports North chairman Russell Beer said the Port was working at a great capacity in both the tourism and industrial sectors.

“Three project cargo deliveries in one month is quite significant and the fact that it all runs seamlessly while cruise ship visitation is at a high, underlines our multi-purpose strengths,” Mr Beer said.

Bumper month for Cairns cargo
The dark days of the mining sector downturn are well and truly past, according to the latest Newport Consulting Mining Business Outlook Report.

However it says mining leaders are now grappling with ongoing skills shortages and cost pressures.

The 2017-18 report showed the number of miners showing cautious optimism had jumped 55 per cent since 2015, with almost three-quarters of leaders showing renewed confidence in the sector’s growth.

Spending was also on the rise – with 42 per cent of mining leaders moderately increasing spending in 2017-2018, up 23 per cent from 2016.

The report showed companies were bullish on price forecasts, with more than half of mining leaders predicting an increase in pricing over the next 12 months, with the exception of thermal coal.

However Newport Consulting managing director David Hand said many companies were concerned that Australia would face a growing skills gap, particularly in the areas of technology and automation.

“We spoke to many companies of all sizes that voiced concern over a widening skills gap, giving way to a pressing need to upskill and re-train the workforce. Miners must be able to meet the new digital demands of Australia’s mining future,” he said.

Newport Consulting has compiled its Mining Business Outlook Report annually since 2010, with the latest report drawing on in-depth interviews held between August and December 2017 with more than 50 mining leaders.

Miners spending more, bullish on prices
A new 58-tonne reef vessel arrived in Cairns last week, taking a cruise as cargo aboard the heavy-lift ship BBC Alberta.

NSS was assigned to lift and shift the Calypso XII, using the BBC Alberta’s cranes, beams and slings to lower it into the water at Port of Cairns.

The vessel was 24.4m long, 9m wide and 7.2 m high.

NSS Cairns co-ordinator Scott Gillespie said the operation went very smoothly.

“We’ve done a few (vessel transfers) over the years – most recently discharging two patrol boats for the government,” Mr Gillespie said.

That case, in May 2017, involved two 100-tonne defence vessels arriving from Tonga and Fiji for refurbishment.

Boat on board
The Meteor Downs South coal mine has moved from a construction project to operations, with excavation work under way in the box cut area.

Minerva mine operator Sojitz Coal Mining is developing the thermal coal mine south-east of Springsure in joint venture with U&D Mining.

Sojitz Coal Mining managing director and chief executive officer Cameron Vorias said all heavy  equipment was now in the mining area, with coal expected to be flowing by the end of February.

“The first scoop (to commence the box cut) was last Wednesday afternoon,” he said.

Mr Vorias said about 30-40 people were working on site as some construction activities continued, but this was expected to scale back over the next month to a permanent workforce of 25-30.

The truck and shovel operation is expected to produce about 500,000 tonnes per annum for the first two years, when Meteor Downs South will rely on road haulage to get its coal to the Minerva rail load-out facility for transport to Gladstone port.

This will be ramped up to 1.5Mtpa when a rail load-out facility comes online.

Mr Vorias described progress at Meteor Downs South as outstanding.

“We have achieved it using a number of small contractors from around the local area,” he said.

“The relationship with all our suppliers has been extraordinary to get the project up in such a short time frame and really just goes to show the teamwork that has occurred with brand new staff, a fair number of whom have never worked in the mining industry before.

“It just goes to show what you can do with good leadership and good spirit.”

Earth moves at Meteor Downs South