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$300m Calvary Adelaide Hospital contract has been locked in

Projects

Construction company John Holland has signed the contract to deliver the new $300m Calvary Adelaide Hospital in partnership with development company Commercial & General

Underground mining jobs predicted to rise in Queensland

Projects

The Bowen Basin is likely to see a 20 percent increase in underground mining jobs in the next decade, according Resource Industry Network director Mick Crowe. 

Moreton Bay Rail Link opening hits a red light

Projects

The $988m Moreton Bay Rail Link (MBRL) project, which is being jointly funded by the State and Federal Governments was originally scheduled to open in mid-2016. The project has been indefinitely delayed amid safety concerns. 

EOI's invited for Stage One of $400m Ipswich Motorway: Rocklea to Darra project

Projects

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads is seeking to enter into an Early Contractor Involvement procurement process for the $400 million Ipswich Motorway – Rocklea to Darra Stage 1 project. In an annoucemenet last week, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk released the invitations to industry to bid for the work on one of South East Queensland's most significant road projects.  

Sand mining to end on North Stradbroke by 2019

Projects

The Labour Government has passed controversial legislation to end sand mining by 2019 on North Stradbroke Island off the coast of Brisbane.

EOI's open for $110m Chandler Highway upgrade in VIC

Projects

The VIC Government have called for expressions of interest to build the $110m Chandler Highway upgrade in Melbourne. EOIs close Wednesday 15 June, and interested companies will be shortlisted prior to a tender process, which is expected to start in mid-2016. 

$580m Genex Power energy project promotes green developments on old mine sites

Projects

In early March the QLD Government declared Genex Power's $580m solar and energy storage project a prescribed project, meaning that the Coordinator-General can assist Genex Power to progress the project.

8 signs that would make you look twice

Equipment

Looking for a good laugh? Sometimes all you have to do is hit the road to see some hilarious VMS boards, traffic control signs, parking restrictions and more. We've put together a list of a few of our favourites!

Bruce Highway update: BMD kick-start construction on $100.4m Boundary Road Interchange

Projects

A major project under the $8.5b Bruce Highway upgrade is now underway as construction begins on the Boundary Road Interchange at Narangba

$5b up for grabs as the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Act is passed

Projects

A major milestone has been achieved in the Federal Government's vision for Northern Australia as the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Act 2016 has been passed and a board selected. 

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) is an initiative of the Government's development of the region and will offer up a whopping $5b in concessional loans to encourage and compliment private sector investment in Northern Australia. The NAIF will be located in Cairns. 

Moreton Resources lodges plans for new mine near Kingaroy

Projects

Moreton Resources has taken the next step in developing a new thermal coal mine 6km south of Kingaroy by lodging plans with the Federal Government.

3 tips to better identify hazards on site

Insider

Identifying hazards in the workplace involves finding things and situations that could potentially cause harm to people. It's an important step of your risk assessment plan, and aims to eliminate health and safety risks that may compromise your project. So whether you're a project manager or  plant hire supplier, use these three tips to identify hazards on your job site. 

Sydney Metro update: CBD buildings to be demolished & how to have your say

Projects

Project Update

The latest development in the Sydney Metro project is that two high-rise buildings in the CBD will be knocked down at Martin Place and Castlereagh Street, with the sites to be developed into entrance points to the interchange

Karratha Health Campus: landmark $207m hospital in WA to start construction mid-2016

Projects

Construction works are on the horizon for WA's $207m Karratha Health Campus, with the successful tenderer for the project, Joint Venture Cooper & Oxley and Brookfield Multiplex, due to commence work in mid-2016. 

Federal Government to fund half of the new $85m train line in Adelaide

Projects

Adelaide's new rail line will connect the Flinders University and Flinders Medical Centre to the CBD, benefitting southern suburb commuters as well as hundreds of thousands of workers, patients, students and visitors who attend the precincts every year.

3 quick tips to help manage your subbies and operators

Insider

The relationship between equipment hirers and suppliers go beyond the signed contract. Project managers have the responsibility to nurture their organisation’s relationship with their plant or equipment suppliers since this will help in the timely completion of a construction project and a good relationship between the two parties could help reduce the risks of a misunderstanding.

Contract signed for $710m Capital Metro light rail project in Canberra

Projects

ACT Government and successful tender Canberra Metro have signed the contracts for stage one of Canberra's first light rail project. Read: trams are taking over. After never leaving Melbourne, they are back on the Gold Coast, coming to Newcastle and are a real possibility for multiple Australian cities. 

Aurecon Jacobs Joint Venture win contract for WestConnex New M5 Project in Sydney

Projects

Aurecon Group and Jacobs Engineering Group are set to contribute to one of Australia's largest transport projects, following the announcement of the CPB Contractors Dragados Samsung Joint Venture (CPBDS-JV) as the successful contractor for the delivery of the WestConnex New M5 project in Sydney. Aurecon and Jacobs, in joint venture (AJJV), are the lead designers for the project.

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing construction works underway

Projects

Major construction activities have now commenced on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) project. The works follow preliminary construction which commenced in February 2016.

6 things you can do to increase exposure for your construction business

Insider

It's no secret that brand awareness and exposure serve as an important way to attract new clients to your business. It represents a real opportunity to showcase previous jobs, clients you've worked with, services you offer and more. But for those of us that lack time and online marketing experience, the brand strategy process can seem a little intimidating. 

Mackay Council welcomes new mine set for QLD

Projects

Queensland Coal Exploration are proposing to develop a new mine located about 60km northwest of Nebo and 170km west of Mackay by road, in the Isaac Regional Council area, in the Bowen Basin, Central Queensland. An environmental impact statement was lodged this week.

EOI’s sought for $30m upgrade to Melbourne’s Swan St Bridge

Projects

The Victorian Government has announced plans for a $30m project to widen the Swan Street Bridge to five lanes. 

The intersection is one of Melbourne’s busiest and most congested – it caters to approximately 30,000 cars, 1,300 pedestrians and 1,000 cyclists every day.

What to know when hiring an excavator

Equipment

Hiring a suitable excavator can be tough. From sourcing the right machine, to evaluating the right skills of the operator, finding the perfect supplier can take ages. PlantMiner and Solution Plant Hire, want to make finding your ideal excavator and/or operator a little bit easier with tips to ask prospective suppliers, and what to look for in their answers. 

Star Entertainment unveil $850m masterplan concept for Jupiters development

Projects

The Star Entertainment Group has further confirmed its commitment to the Gold Coast by designing a master plan of potential future developments for its iconic Jupiters property.

CCF QLD partners with AIM to deliver civil construction short courses

News

To survive and thrive in today's construction market, companies require the ability to manage budgets and team performance. In light of this operating environment for its members, the Civil Contractors Federation Queensland has recently partnered with The Australian Institute of Management (AIM) "to deliver a number of customised non-accredited short courses to specifically meet the needs of the civil construction industry." 

4 quick tips to improve your team's efficiency

Insider

It's a no-brainer that in any business, to remain competitive you must boost operational efficiency wherever possible. It's particularly important for SMEs to operate efficiently, because they often have more limited resources than larger top tier companies. 

Reporting on projects, pooling together plans and quotes for tenders, and making sure projects are completed on time (and within budget) are all a part of the golden goal - and understanding what small operational tweaks you and your team can make to improve efficiencies will help reduce overall operating costs, improve client satisfaction, and will help keep you ahead of your competition. 

QLD Government cutting red tape for the construction industry

Insider

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and the Palaszczuk Government have announced that businesses will no longer have to apply for permits to move cranes or special purpose vehicles on state-controlled roads.  

How to pick the right skid steer for your project

Equipment

Projects require a range of different plant and equipment items depending on the work that needs to be completed. Skid steer hire can be complicated if you aren't sure what specifications are right for your project. Understand what to look for when choosing a skid steer to ensure work is completed efficiently and effectively. 

Plans unveiled for $2b Entertainment Arena Precinct in Brisbane

Projects

AEG-oden, a subsidiary of the world’s largest entertainment venue operator AEG, will present plans to the QLD Government this week for a massive $2b ‘ Brisbane Live’ ultra-entertainment precinct.

The precinct will be built above the Roma Street rail lines, making use of valuable air space above the lines as well as the connectivity that Roma Street has to every rail line in the SEQ rail network.

World's first battery-operated loader launched by Atlas Copco

Equipment

Atlas Copco has set a new benchmark in operator safety with the launch of the newest zero-emissions underground loader, the Scooptram ST7 Battery.

John Holland awarded Newmarket and Alderley station upgrades in Brisbane

Projects

John Holland has been awarded the contract to deliver the accessibility upgrade works to the Newmarket and Alderley stations in Brisbane on behalf of Queensland Rail. In announcing the project award, John Holland shared that "Under the contract, John Holland will undertake various works across QR’s South East Queensland network to upgrade facilities and access arrangements at existing stations to achieve independent access to the stations and associated platforms via pathways, ramps and lifts, without reliance upon stairs." 

Decmil Australia wins $46m worth of Defence Contracts

Projects

Diversified contractor Decmil Group Ltd's wholly owned subsidiary, Decmil Australia Pty Ltd, has been awarded $46m worth of contracts for the Australian Department of Defence, with work to be carried out across multiple States.

The Western Distributor: Melbourne's second river crossing fully funded and out to market

Projects

Two weeks after it was fully funded in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, Melbourne’s second river crossing – the Western Distributor – has been put out to market.

MMG’s $1.4b Dugald River zinc mine: Contractor announcement around the corner

Projects

With works on the Dugald River zinc project near Cloncurry due to start mid-2016, the major works contracts are expected to be announced within the coming days.

Harwood bridge contract awarded as part of $4.36b Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade

Projects

Joint Venture Acciona Ferrovial has been awarded the contract to design and build the proposed new bridge over the Clarence River at Harwood, NSW. 

The role of hybrid machines in the green building movement

Insider

Construction equipment manufacturers are stepping up and pioneering some of the latest in energy-saving technology to help Australian plant hire companies and contractors alike reduce greenhouse gas emissions. .

Downer awarded $37m solar farm contract on Sunshine Coast

Projects

Downer has won an estimated $37m contract to design, construct, operate and maintain a 15-megawatt solar farm on the Sunshine Coast. The operate and maintain section of the contract is for 2 years, with Council options to renew for another 3 years. 

Alkane launches $16m capital-raise to progress Dubbo Zirconia Project

Projects

In late April, multi-commodity company Alkane Resources Ltd launched its plans to raise an estimated $16m in new capital through a pro-rata traditional non-renounceable entitlement offer to help progress the $1b Dubbo Zirconia Project. The announcement comes after the company overcame it's final hurdle in approvals in mid-March, as we reported here

If you are wondering what all of this means, have a read through our break-down of this capital-raising announcement below.

Where are Perth's strategic growth centres?

Projects

As the 2016 year gets well under way, the city of Perth is gearing up for full swing on some of their biggest development projects yet. This means that some major improvements are going to be under way for Perth, which is not to mention the construction contracts, equipment hire companies and contracting jobs that are going to be available.

Successful JV named for Perth's $1.1b Forrestfield-Airport Link

Projects

The $1.176b contract to design, construct and maintain the Forrestfield-Airport Link in Perth has been awarded to SINRW, a joint venture between Italian company Salini Impregilo and local company NRW Pty Ltd.  

New mineral unearthed in Kalgoorlie Super Pit

After a 3-month approval process with the International Mineralogical Association, it has been confirmed that a new mineral was unearthed at Australia's largest open cut gold mine in Kalgoorlie.  

Federal budget 2016: infrastructure project highlights by State and Territory

News, Projects

In the 2016 Budget, the Federal Government announced the continuous roll out their record $50 billion funding from 2013-14 to 2019-20 in infrastructure to improve the economy's productive capacity. With a renewed focus on Australian cities, metropoliation and regional, 67 infrastructure projects across Australia have been allocated funding under this new budget. 

EOI's sought for $80m ICB upgrade in Brisbane

Projects

The Brisbane City Council is calling for expressions of interest to design and construct the upgrade of the Inner City Bypass, with the successful tenderer to be announced later this year.

The project was announced in last year's council budget and should be completed in 2018. 

Federal budget 2016: winners and losers in construction

News, Projects

Last night, the Australian Government handed down the Budget 2016/17, an "economic plan to ensure Australia continues to succesfully transition from the mining investment boom to a stornger, more diversified, new economy."  Explore who's a winner and who's a loser in the construction industry as a result of the 2016 Budget. 

Work on Springfield's new retirement village expected to create over 5,000 construction jobs

Projects

Construction has commenced on Aveo Group’s $1b retirement village in Springfield. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the development marks the latest in a list of major projects set to lay down essential infrastructure and create jobs in Springfield.

7 incredible ways to customise old shipping containers

Equipment

Shipping containers are used worldwide and required for most import and export needs. Rather than simply discarding and replacing old, damaged or unused shipping containers, people have decided to recycle them and what they've come up with is pretty impressive.