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Seminars are being held in Queensland centres to brief businesses who want to test their eligibility as suppliers to the Australia Defence Force.

Townsville is the first off the block in February.

Test the opportunities to do business with the ADF

The seminars are designed to provide businesses with an introduction to working in the defence sector, discover what businesses need to know in order to deal directly with defence or access prime contractor supply chains.

They’re being presented by Mick Fairweather an independent director in Queensland, a business management and training consultant, a Major General in the Australian Army Reserve and currently working with the defence industry.

Defence Industries Queensland in partnership with ICN is making the offer.

You will learn:
  • How the defence sector works
  • What the difference between capability and non-material procurement means for suppliers
  • How key agencies in the defence sector engage with industry and what they do
  • How to engage with prime contractors and defence
  • Where you can go to develop your business’ capabilities to work in defence
  • How to decide if the defence industry is for you?
Places are limited so book early to reserve your seat for the following sessions:

The much anticipated start to gold production at the Lorena site west of Cloncurry is scheduled for January.

There have been delays commissioning the plant due to wet weather in central Queensland hampering deliveries of plant equipment.

New NQ gold operation starts next month

The joint venture partners resolved to defer ore processing until January 2018 to ensure continuity of production in due course rather than start/stop over the Christmas and New Year period the company said in a statement.

There were currently no issues with the commissioning of the concentrator plant or the construction of the tailings dam,” the company said.

“Mining is ongoing as initially planned and as a result additional ore will be available at the ROM pad for initial treatment once production commences.

The joint venture partners now consider that first gold production will be achievable by the latter part of January 2018.”

It is expected that the Lorena Gold Project will produce around 30,000 to 35,000 ozs of recovered gold in the eighteen months of production from an open cut operation at a forecast operating cost of around A$1000 per gold ounce (includes Malachite’s share of plant and preliminary project capital ).

Malachite will have a 55% joint venture interest in the Lorena Gold Project upon the commissioning of the processing plant.

Malachite believes that the Lorena Gold Project has potential for resource extensions at depth.

Proving up these additional resources will require confirmation by drilling which Malachite proposes to undertake at the earliest opportunity subject to sufficient funding being available.

Malachite will have a 70 per cent joint venture interest in any resource extensions at depth.

The company also believes that there are considerable regional opportunities which it will be able to pursue once the plant is operating to enhance the commercial return from project.

Tin was the best-performing London Metals Exchange metal in 2016, but prices performed in a choppy fashion in 2017. 

That’s not stopping investment by Consolidated Tin in far north Queensland.

NQ development kicks on after a bumpy 2017

Most metals rallied in the second half of the year, and although tin reached high levels it could not sustain the $20,000-per-tonne-mark for too long.

Gains were limited by warehouse stocks and China’s influence cannot be understated. Read more here.

Consolidated Tin Mines continues to ramp up its exploration and mining activities in the Mount Garnet and Einasleigh areas.

The company is advising that Stage 3 drilling at the Mt Garnet Deeps project is underway with two of the planned five drill holes completed to date.

The drilling program focuses on the upper area of the Mt Garnet Deeps mineralisation.

Stage 2 drilling was successful in defining a broad envelope of mineralisation which remains open at depth and to the south.

The Stage 2 drilling provided significant intercepts of economic grade and confirmed a contiguous curtain of mineralisation in what is described as the footwall position within the host skarn lithological envelope.

The Jasmac mineralisation currently spans a strike length of over 200m to a depth of approximately 200m.

The company restarted production at its Mount Garnet zinc mine mid-2017.
In almost 25 years in the mining industry, Pierre Malan admits getting the Dugald River mine ready for production has been among the most challenging, but also satisfying, tasks he has faced.

The 44-year-old South African-born mining engineer has been MMG’s general manager project delivery at the mine since 2015, overseeing up to 100 MMG employees and 450 contractors in a long journey which will see the first shipment of zinc concentrate leave the port of Townsville by the end of this year.

Tributes to Dugald River team

Splitting his time between MMG’s Melbourne headquarters and the mine, 65km north-west of Cloncurry, Mr Malan has had the sometimes daunting task of leading the project team from inception in establishing a fully fledged zinc operation.

“It has certainly been an interesting role,” said Mr Malan, who entered the mining industry after graduating with a degree in mining engineering from the University of Pretoria in 1994.

“Essentially, my role has been to oversee the construction team and operations team to build an operation that will eventually mine and process 1.7Mtpa zinc ore through underground mining and export about 450,000 tonnes of concentrate through Townsville.

“Among the key challenges have been aligning the operations and construction teams, reducing capital costs during the construction phase and improving the project’s value at a time when the zinc price was well below the long-term projected price.”

Mr Malan is particularly proud of the effort put in by everyone associated with the project to reduce costs during a period when the price of zinc gave little long-term cause for optimism.

“In January 2016 the price of zinc was around 66c per pound and we needed loan fi nance to get the project up and running,” he recalls.

““We worked extremely hard to reduce capital costs, to the extent that as of today we anticipate a total project cost of between $US550 and $US570 million (for development completed from August 2015), well down on a projected cost of about $US750 million in 2015.

“That was made possible only because we had very good people working very hard on the project.”

As for the future, the married father of two has much more to achieve at Dugald River and hopes to continue working for an organisation he believes will only get bigger.

“I’m always looking at ways we can improve the way we do things at Dugald River, so that’s a big focus,” Mr Malan said.

“As for the future, I’ve hopefully got another 20 years of work left and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with MMG.

“It’s a growing company with big ambition and what my role is in its growth remains to be seen.”
MMG has reported the first shipment of ore through Townsville port from Dugald River.

Another milestone for Dugald River

Around 10,500 wet metric tonnes of zinc concentrate produced as part of commissioning activities at the Dugald River Project departed the Port of Townsville for Huangpu, China this month.

“The first shipment of concentrate from the Port of Townsville is another significant milestone in the delivery of Dugald River, MMG’s first greenfield project,” said Pierre Malan, General Manager Dugald River Project Delivery,

“I would like to recognise the significant contribution of Dugald River employees and contract partners in achieving this key milestone," said Mr Malan.

"This first shipment is an achievement not only for MMG, but for all that championed the Dugald River project throughout its development,”

Located approximately 65km north-west of Cloncurry in Queensland, Australia, Dugald River will process an average 1.7 million tonnes per annum of ore to initially produce 170,000 tonnes of zinc in concentrate, plus by-products. When fully operational, the Dugald River mine will be a top-10 global zinc mine.
Townsville city council has gone out of its way to accommodate applications for a new hospital and a lifestyle precinct.

The Hive mixed use development plan on the Strand between King and Wickham Sts includes a hotel, residential apartments, commercial office space and an education centre.

Planning approval for multi-million projects in Townsville

Council also approved a Material Change of Use application to allow for the old West End State School to be redeveloped into a health care facility at an estimated cost of $54 million.

The Weststate Private Hospital project includes constructing a five-storey, 22-bed hospital adjacent to the school building. 

Townsville City Council Chief Executive Officer Adele Young has provided preliminary approval to vary the Town Plan for The Hive.

It includes 45 less car parking spaces than the required 895 and two mixed use towers one 16 stories and another 14 stories high.

The Hive would require further development approvals before the project could commence, said Townsville City Council CEO Adele Young.

The preliminary approval struck an appropriate balance between encouraging major developments and ensuring the development was consistent with the Townsville 2020 masterplan, Ms Young said.

“This preliminary approval ensures the Hive will be a sustainable development and revitalise that area of the city and The Strand,” she said.

“This shows how important it is to take into account the broader surroundings of any development and why Council has launched its Townsville 2020 masterplan to ensure projects are consistent with the vision for our city.”

The Hive proposal also includes the refurbishment of the heritage-listed Queens Hotel.

The proponent estimates the project would create 1,800 jobs during construction over a 10-year period, and after completion 690 full time positions would be created along with some 800 casual positions