ROLLING COVERAGE: $500M in work and projects showcased today


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1pm |

$29m East Shores upgrade optimises work opportunities 

THE estimated $29 million upgrade to East Shores will be broken up into multiple work packages.

Gladstone ports corporation chief executive peter O'Sullivan said the ongoing development of the water park was the company's way to give back to the region.

The next stage of development, which will include a cafe and a new pontoon, is in the concept plan phase.

Mr O'Sullivan said early works should start by the second quarter of 2018.

Gladstone Engineering Alliance's Major Industry Conference: Gladstone Ports Corporation CEO Peter O'Sullivan.

"Rather than give one big contract out, we're conscious of what's happening in Gladstone, there's a downturn, so we will break up those packages to give builders a better opportunity to get involved," he said.

A detailed design plan is expected to be completed by the first quarter of next year.

"We want to make it memorable, we want it to be something people all around the world will talk about," he said.

11am | 

Confidence gained in $85 million gold and copper mine project

CARBINE Resources has told a crowd of business people in Gladstone it is confident its $85 million Mount Morgan gold and copper mine will go ahead.

Managing director Tony James said the project is one approval away from going ahead, the environmental amendment.

Gladstone Engineering Alliance's Major Industry Conference: Carbine Resources managing director Tony James

"With one approval to go, watch this space, we will take off," he said.

The project, located at a deserted gold mine in Mount Morgan, would create up to 150 jobs in construction and 70 full time positions once built.

"This project has been 15 years in the making ... I'm yet to find a person who doesn't support it," he said.

Carbine Resources managing director Tony James.
Carbine Resources managing director Tony James. Tegan Annett

While the company is based in Western Australia Mr James said he was confident 95% of the work at Mount Morgan could be completed by central Queensland businesses.


10am |

GAWB reveals $9.5m work and projects for 2018

GLADSTONE Area Water Board has announced six key projects and upgrades offered in the next 12 months.

The major project is the $3 million relocation of its fish hatchery.

Gladstone Engineering Alliance's Major Industry Conference: Gladstone Area Water Board chief operating officer John Tumbers.

It is expected to open tenders by the second quarter of 2018.

GAWB is considering two sites at Toolooa bends and potentially another in Gladstone.

To support the Gladstone Regional Council's new Kirkwood reservoir $2 million of upgrade works are needed at the Kirkwood pump station.

Gladstone Engineering Alliance's Major Industry Conference
Gladstone Engineering Alliance's Major Industry Conference Tegan Annett

Mr Tumbers said this was "critical" work and the tender would be announced by February in 2018.

The Boyne reservoir needs a roof replacement and concrete repairs, expected to be worth $1m.


9am | 

Major industry event in Gladstone today showcases $500M in work and projects

CENTRAL Queensland businesses hungry for construction and maintenance work will be filled with information and advice during a major industry event today.

Gladstone Engineering Alliance's 14th Major Industry Conference will bring major central Queensland players to one place.

Promising more than $500 million in upcoming tenders to be spruced at the event, GEA has focused on companies that have current and upcoming work packages.

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Now that Gladstone has moved significantly into LNG production and export, and as existing industry continues to evolve in the ways they operate, the 2017 event will reflect a broader view of opportunities, and identify some up and coming breakthrough projects.

Conference speakers range from leaders at Adani, Gladstone Ports Corporation, Gladstone Area Water Board, South Burnett Coal and more.