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James Cook University has unveiled an ambitious 50-year plan for the Townsville campus.

It includes new childcare facilities, an aged care home and a hotel by 2035. That’s within a 20 year time frame where JCU is anticipating investing $1.9 billion into infrastructure.

The Townsville Campus Master Plan, which accommodates more residential accommodation and an ‘Ideas Market’, is expected to create demand for more than 1,500 jobs.

The planning process prioritised ‘on campus’ student life experiences said JCU Director – Estate, Hilary Kavanagh.

JCU's 50 year plan includes $ billions investment

He said that in the past year, James Cook University had completed projects worth more than $171 million in north Queensland.

“These include the $85 million state-of-the-art Science Place in Townsville, as well as $25 million spent on the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine building in Cairns and the $40 million Cairns student accommodation project,” said Mr Kavanagh.

“The figures add to the more than $340 million in capital works the university has completed in the previous eight years.”

Priority projects under the masterplan were the Central Plaza and Technology Innovation Complex, Mr Kavanagh said.

JCU will continue to develop Mount Stuart Street with a mix of academic and student accommodation and commercial, retail and public functions, he said.

The landscape will feature outdoor ‘learning oases’, tropical courtyards and an arboretum.
The Port of Mackay is sailing through climatic and economic rough seas with the help of a re-energised mining sector.

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) is rolling out an $11.64 million infrastructure upgrade to support growth in both break bulk trade and roll-on roll-off cargo (RORO), said chief executive officer Steve Lewis.

Good times roll on, and off, for Mackay Port

“An additional 8000 tonnes of equipment was transferred through the port during the past 12 months, refl ecting the focus on this type of trade,” Mr Lewis said.

“Accommodating RORO as part of the expansion of break bulk capabilities in Mackay will not only increase options for customers, it will help save money and increase the potential to generate further economic growth.

“Mackay is a sheltered port with direct access to major transport corridors, so we expect the upgrades will make the port increasingly attractive for transport and logistics companies operating in the region.”

The works under way at the Port of Mackay include design changes to Wharf 4 and Wharf 5 that will allow RORO access via Wharf 4. When complete, larger vessels of up to 200m in length and 32.2m wide will also be able to dock.

The port was reporting a lift in activity and enquiry, Mr Lewis said.

“There is a steady return of investment back into the mining sector in both renewing current plant and equipment and expanding existing mines,” he said.

Mackay’s operational track record further supports NQBP’s vision for the shipping facility.

Trade through the Port of Mackay increased 2.74 per cent year on year, despite the impact of category-four Tropical Cyclone Debbie last March.

More than 150 ships berthed at the Port of Mackay during the year, carrying a total of 2.9 million tonnes.

This volume is expected to grow with the improved facilities coming online in early 2018.

The Port of Mackay offers access to an 800ha break bulk storage area for staging, pre-assembly and pre-commissioning of machinery and equipment. It includes 55ha of wharf-side storage.

An accredited quarantine wash-down facility supporting international cargo has recently been completed.
The State of Queensland through the Department of State Development is seeking Registrations of Interest (ROI) from entities wishing to be considered for participation as a proponent in an Expressions of Interest (EOI) process to deliver and operate an integrated resort in Tropical North Queensland.

Delivery of the Tropical North integrated resort

The ROI commences the market process for the State to offer the opportunity to develop an integrated resort in or around the City of Cairns in Tropical North Queensland.

The State supports inclusion of a casino within an integrated resort (subject to compliance with legislative framework), to facilitate the development and operation of a world class integrated resort in the region.

The ROI Response Lodgement Deadline for ROI Responses is 2pm AEST, 23 January 2017.

The EOI is advertised internationally.

Click here for more detail.
Red River Resources has released an updated ore reserve and mineral resource assessment of a major deposit giving a longer life to the operation.

Thalanga’s maiden deposit given more life

The West 45 is the first deposit to be mined by Red River at Thalanga as part of restart operations at the project. Underground mining commenced at West 45 in April 2017, with zinc concentrate production restarting ahead of schedule at Thalanga in September 2017 .

West 45 has an updated ore reserve estimate of 0.6Mt @ 11.6 % zinc equivalent, up from the previous estimate of 0.4Mt @ 15.0% zinc equivalent.

The updated Ore Reserve will allow Red River to extend mining operations at West 45 to at least the end of 2019, enabling the simultaneous operation of both the West 45 and Far West mines from the end of 2018 to 2019, increasing mill throughput for this period.

Following the 21 November 2017 announcement of a maiden Ore Reserve at Thalanga Far West, the updated West 45 Ore Reserve has increased the total Thalanga Operations Ore Reserve to 2.1 Mt @ 11.9 % zinc equivalent.

Increasing Ore Reserves at West 45 combined with the recently announced maiden Ore Reserve at Far West is an outstanding result for the future of Red River , with the potential for further mine life extensions at depth and along strike, said Red River’s Managing Director Mel Palancian.

“We  are committed to growing resources and reserves at Thalanga and this confirms that our strategy is delivering results and mine life,” Mr Palancian said.

“The West 45 mine life will now extend to at least 2019 allowing the simultaneous operation of both West 45 and the Far West mines in 2019 , increasing mill throughput for this period.

“With exploration across our landholding in the Mt Windsor Belt in Queensland continuing in tandem to our mining operations, we hope to make new discoveries that can add further life to Thalanga.”

The Ore Reserve and Mineral Resource estimate was completed in acco rdance with the 2012 Edition of the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves (JORC Code).

‘Fill the mill’ is the focus for Red River Resources as it moves into 2018 as a producing miner.

The mill quickly ramped up to an annualised processing rate of 325ktpa after production began in September, however the company has its eye on taking the plant to its nameplate capacity of more than 650ktpa.

Push to fill processing potential

The company had four drill rigs from Charters Towers-based contractor Lloyd Weller Drilling working across its Thalanga assets in November, expanding known resources and furthering exploration at Red River’s Liontown East discovery.

Managing director Mel Palancian said Red River Resources had a planned sequence for mining – starting with the West 45 underground mine and progressing to the Far West and Waterloo sites.

“We’ve been drilling West 45 and finding more resources there, so we are currently in the process of updating the resources and reserves for West 45 and have just announced an updated mineral resource and a maiden ore reserve for Far West,” Mr Palancian said.

“We’ve got a drill rig at Waterloo, which will be our third mine, and are conducting infill drilling there. That will move to an extensional drilling program there – so hopefully we’ll fi nd more resources.

There is also hope for new discoveries around Thalanga to further extend the current life-of-mine forecast of five years.

“There are a lot of targets there,” Mr Palancian said.

“The belt hasn’t been explored for 20 years. Getting cashflow helps us to accelerate that and hopefully we will find many more ore bodies.”

General manager of operations Karl Spaleck believes mill capacity could be pushed out beyond 650tpa with improvements.

He also takes a positive outlook on the potential to draw that feed from the immediate area and build a 20-year mine life around the processing plant.

“I think potential is outstanding around here – this place is underexplored,” Mr Spaleck said.

Mr Palancian said that Red River Resources would also be on a lookout for further opportunities in base metals.

“In the fullness of time we would like to grow the business by adding another operation, but right here right now we are wholeheartedly focused on Thalanga and maximising the value of Thalanga,” he said