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Malachite Resources expects first gold production from its Lorena project in north-west Queensland around mid-December.

In a quarterly report released this week the company said mining at the site had commenced.

Commissioning of fixed concentrator plant was commencing and commissioning of the CIL plant was due to start about November 20, it said.

It is expected that the Lorena Gold Project will produce around 30,000 to 35,000 ozs of recovered gold in 18 months of production.

First Lorena gold due in December
Melior Resources says it plans to restart operations at its Goondicum ilmenite mine near Monto and has an agreement in principle with Pala Investments for provision of a US$5.25 million loan facility.

With this commitment from Pala in place, Melior said it would look to secure the remaining US$5 million required to commence the restart of the Goondicum ilmenite mine as quickly as possible.

The company said its decision to restart operations at Goondicum was based on a number of factors, including strong project economics, recovery of ilmenite prices and a positive outlook for the sector given expected GDP economic growth in China and the likely constraints in additional supply for the foreseeable future.

Melior looks to restart ilmenite mine
Mount Isa has joined forces with Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Broken Hill to form an Australian Mining Cities Alliance (AMCA).

The city mayors announced the move at the annual Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) conference in Port Augusta this week.

Alliance chair, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor John Bowler, said the objective was to share knowledge and experience, and to strengthen relationships with the mining industry across Australia.

“Many Australian mining cities have long histories in mining and processing ores, and have generated great wealth over many decades,” Cr Bowler said.

“But when downtimes come, these same mining cities are often hit hard with people losing their jobs and businesses leaving town.

“By tapping into our collective experience and by pooling resources, we can better address these sorts of challenges and pursue opportunities in a highly collaborative way.

“It is only early days, but I feel sure that mining cities across Australia will benefit greatly from this initiative in the years ahead.”

Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch said it was vital that regional Australia’s mining cities had a loud and united
voice.

“Our aim is to position the Alliance as a powerful educational and advocacy force,” Cr McCulloch said.

“Local councils are the voice of hundreds of local communities across Australia which are often dependent on a single large mining project or commodity.

“If that employer or prospective new job-generating industry is impeded by bureaucratic delays and processes, it’s our communities, and our families, that pay the price.”

Mining cities team up in new alliance
Queensland is set to welcome its first dedicated mega-cruise ship terminal with construction set to commence on the $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point on the north side of the Brisbane River.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the cruise terminal would support 245 jobs each year through construction and was the second Market-Led Proposal to advance to the delivery phase, following in the footsteps of the $512 million Logan Motorway Enhancement Project currently under construction.

Site preparation works will start in November, with construction of the wharf to begin mid-next year, and construction of the terminal to begin in around 12 months.

The terminal building will be about 9300sq m, set over two levels and connected to a 200m long wharf, with two air bridges facilitating the movement of passengers on and off the ships.

Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd chief executive officer Roy Cummins said should the project receive ACCC approval, the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal would prove to be a defining piece of the State’s tourism infrastructure network.

“We have worked with the State Government, through its Market-led Proposal process, and other partners including Brisbane City Council and the cruise operators, to make this happen, and we thank all parties for their support and their commitment to our project, " he said.

“Port of Brisbane is investing $158 million to deliver a world-class facility for our world-class city.

“Our focus has been to develop a proposal that supports the cruise industry and delivers a great passenger experience, and we are now going to get on with the hard work of building it.

“It means jobs during construction and jobs for the broader tourism sector for decades to come.

“Port of Brisbane is committed to delivering the best possible economic and tourism outcomes for the cruise industry and Queensland.

“It is an exciting opportunity and we look forward to working with all project partners as we now move into this next phase.”

Brisbane set for $158m mega-cruise ship terminal
Queensland is Australia’s top cruise destination with new figures showing the industry contributes $1.1 billion to the state’s economy and supports more than 4000 jobs across the State.

A record 468 cruise ships visited Queensland last financial year, according to the Cruise Lines International Association’s latest report.

Announcing construction of the $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said this was almost double the number (238) of cruise ships to travel to Queensland in 2012-13.

“In fact, this financial year (2017-18), Queensland is set to welcome a new record of 518 cruise ships to Queensland – the equivalent of 10 per week,” she said.

Queensland’s regional ports are attracting more attention from the cruise industry, with the Whitsundays experiencing extraordinary growth in 2016–17, recording 62 cruise ship visits, 19 more ships than 2015–16.

“That’s testament to our local industry and the quality experiences we have worked hard to deliver for travellers cruising into Queensland ports,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

She said the Palaszczuk Government was supporting the cruise boom with new infrastructure such as Ports North’s plans for a $120 million project to upgrade the Port of Cairns and the Port of Townsville plans for a $520 million project to widen and deepen the access channel over the next five years to attract larger vessels.

Cairns and Port Douglas

The Cairns region, which includes Trinity Wharf and Yorkeys Knob, welcomed 82 cruise ship visits in 2016–17, with 28 of those staying overnight, which significantly increases the economic benefit to the region.

Port Douglas welcomed 20 cruise ships and the northern destinations of Cooktown and Thursday Island had 4 and 8 ships respectively.

Townsville

Townsville received eight cruise ship visits for 2016–17, which is five more ships than 2015–16, and has more than 20 forward bookings for next year.

Whitsunday

The Whitsundays experienced extraordinary growth in 2016–17, recording 62 cruise ship visits, 19 more ships than 2015–16 and represents growth of more than 40 per cent.

Gladstone

In the second year of cruise ship visits, Gladstone welcomed seven cruise ships for 2016–17, which is three more ships than 2015–16.

Fraser Coast and Bundaberg

In 2016-17 Fraser Island welcomed 3 ship calls and 3,692 passengers, with forward bookings indicating growth again next year.  Bundaberg will welcome the first cruise ship for many years with the arrival of a boutique-sized cruise ship in June 2018.

Photo: The Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal will welcome the arrival of MS Maasdam on Friday, October 27 with about 1694 passengers and crew on board.


Cruise visits generate $1.1b for Queensland
What happens when a small team of engineers face a tsunami of investment capital into their local authority?

The legacy of the recent energy boom has been examined at the 2017 Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Queensland conference.

Gladstone was ground zero for the multibillion-dollar Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) investment, which took the industry from nascent to world class in a relative wink of the eye.

Conference delegates in Townsville were given a first-person account of the development, which transformed nearby Curtis Island into a site for three processing and storage facilities.

As the infrastructure was commissioned, the tide of investment turned and has remained out since 2016.

Gladstone Regional Council engineer Celisa Faulkner was part of team tasked with the job of overseeing the rollout of services to meet a spike in demand for infrastructure and accommodation.

At its peak more than 14,000 people were employed on the mega-projects pumping around $1.5 billion in wages into the city.

She said the feeling at the time was that the city was ready for the looming boom.

"But we were using 2005 standards when the boom started so it became an issue to assess construction approvals," Ms Faulkner said.

“The department was also drastically understaffed with (only) one engineer, two technicians and three to four administration staff on board.

"By 2013 the staff couldn't cope and it wasn't until we had four to six additional engineers working that conditions improved."

In 2011 there were 59,500 residents and in 2016, the population r plateaued at 68,000.
The lack of housing in the city reached crisis level and by 2012 as the council was developing costly green-field sites for additional housing.

"We tried to push developers to build work camps earlier but they wouldn't. In hindsight we should have looked at ways to encourage them," Ms Faulkner said.

Post-construction phase council development approvals plummeted and the city had seen median housing prices tumble by $100,000, she said.

Residents also face a rising rate base that reflects the boom days when added infrastructure was built to meet community needs.

"In hindsight, we found out the hard way that you can never do enough planning," Ms Faulkner said. "We have been left with a lot of legacy infrastructure."

The gas is transported are by a 540km long pipeline from fields in the Bowen and Surat Basins.

Ms Faulkner also debunked a widely held view that Gladstone was a boom or bust city.

"We even have a P&O cruise ship visit the city," Ms Faulkner said.

Engineer versus Goliath