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A sod-turning ceremony has officially launched construction on the $250 million North Queensland Stadium.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said breaking ground was an exciting time for the Townsville community as it would unlock hundreds of jobs and flow-on benefits to the region.

“The managing contractor Watpac has worked hard to reach this significant milestone to ensure the project remains on track to deliver the stadium on time for the 2020 NRL season,” she said.

“Best of all, today we are seeing a further boost to local jobs with the award of the civil earthworks and roadworks trade package being award to local Townsville company Mendi Constructions."

Trade packages awarded to local companies to date include temporary fencing (TFH Hire Services), shade cloth provision (Advantage Signs), project surveying (Brazier Motti), dilapidation surveying (Brazier Motti) and demolition (Markwell Demolitions).

Ms Palaszczuk said one of the government’s key objectives had been to ensure the project delivers real benefits to local business and created local jobs.

“Supporting our objective is Watpac’s plan to ensure at least 80 percent of the hours spent building the stadium will be done by locals, and at least 80 per cent of the project's value being spent on local subcontractors and suppliers," she said.

“With the civil earthworks and roadworks trade package being the biggest of the early works trade packages, it is great to see this work going to a local Townsville-owned and operated business.”

The North Queensland Stadium is a joint project of the Queensland Government ($140 million), the Australian Government ($100 million), and Townsville City Council and is supported by both the National Rugby League and the North Queensland Cowboys ($10 million). The North Queensland Stadium forms part of the Townsville City Deal signed in 2016.

Image: Townsville MP Scott Stewart, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Thurigowa MP Aaron Harper and
Mundingburra MP Coralee O'Rourke (Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland) at the site today.

Jobs in spades as stadium construction kicks off
A SeaLink proposal for a $56 million Breakwater Terminal redevelopment in Townsville has taken a step forward under the State’s Market-Led Proposal (MLP) framework.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said it meant Townsville could soon boast a new ferry terminal and integrated transport hub including two passenger ferries.

“This is exactly the kind of MLP we want to see, one which unlocks new private sector investment in Townsville and brings with it real public benefits and a boost to the city's infrastructure,” Mr Pitt said.

“SeaLink’s plans to work with partners to develop a renewed Breakwater Terminal marine precinct; a new ferry terminal and integrated transport and tourism hub on the southern end of the current Breakwater Terminal, is something that should excite all locals.

“This $56 million development project will transform an ageing site into a thriving tourism precinct and the new ferries will boost connections between Townsville, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Magnetic and Palm Islands, it's a win-win for the people of Townsville and tourists who visit Queensland."

SeaLink regional general manager NQ & NT Paul Victory said the company was excited to further develop its presence in Townsville.

“We have partnered with Queensland and Townsville-based developer Honeycombes Property Group and we’re working in consultation with the Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) to deliver this project," he said.

“While the final format for the terminal has not yet been determined, the site will boast an integrated tourism and transport hub and may also include commercial property, short and long-term accommodation and public space for tourists and locals.”

SeaLink’s proposal takes its place as the State’s seventh MLP approved to Stage 2 to develop a detailed business case for consideration.

Boost for $56m Townsville ferry terminal proposal
Coal production has started at the Blair Athol thermal coal mine near Clermont, says new owner TerraCom Limited.

This had occurred on schedule and the operation would rapidly ramp up as planned to about 2 million tonnes per annum annualised run rate in the last quarter of 2017, the  company said in an ASX announcement today.

Initial coal sales will meet product specification as a bypass crushed thermal product.

The new owners are continuing a dragline overhaul, with the dragline expected to go back into operation before the end of the month.

The site's CHPP is being recommissioned and is expected to come online in October.

Blair Athol back in business
Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) has developed a new computer application to keep tabs on coal.

Coal to Coast has been developed to visually represent the information and instructions associated with each train load of coal and is available to be viewed by RG Tanna Coal Terminal coal customers and GPC employees.

The custom application ensures the correct coal type is unloaded to the correct stockpile location and should help cut the waiting time between trains by eliminating the need to manually check paperwork.

GPC chief executive officer Peter O’Sullivan said the new application would reduce the risk of quality related incidents at RG Tanna Coal Terminal.

“Through this instant sharing of information we can identify any potential issues with coal stockpiling information before they become incidents," he said.

“The new application is a result of many years of consultation with our customers and design/software consultants, discussions with key internal stakeholders and approval from the Gladstone Coal Exporters Executive group.”

All RG Tanna Coal Terminal exporters are anticipated to be on board the new system by September 2017.

Port app keeps coal on track
An 80m-plus tower supporting 57m turbine blades requires a solid footing.

At the $360 million Mount Emerald Wind Farm near Mareeba the first 800-tonne foundation has been completed for the site's 53 turbines.

Buried to ground level, the foundation consists of a 50-tonne reinforced steel cage filled with 350 cubic metres (about 750 tonnes) of concrete.

Ratch Australia Corporation executive general manager business development Anthony Yeates said the first foundation was always a special milestone in wind farm construction.

“Up until this point, the focal point for construction has been civil works, establishing the site office and constructing access roads following meticulous flora, fauna and unexploded ordinance surveys,” Mr Yeates said.

“Getting the first foundation poured is the first big ticket items on our scope of works that has to do directly with the wind turbines so for us it’s a special moment that salutes years of hard work by many people in our team."

Mr Yeates said the concrete used for each foundation would be manufactured on site to reduce truck movements on public roads.

Up to four weeks is allowed for the concrete to cure to maximum strength before the foundation is backfilled with rock and soil to match the natural surface level. At this point, the foundation is ready for the bottom section of the tower to be bolted to it.

Wind turbine components will be delivered over an eight-month period starting in October.

“It’s exciting to see the project really begin to take shape. Now that we have the foundations underway, we hope to have the first tower sections going up within the next two months, followed eventually by the installation of the nacelles and then the turbine blades,” Mr Yeates said.

Once fully operational in September 2018, the 180MW Mount Emerald complex will be the biggest wind farm in Queensland.

The construction work is being led by Vestas and Downer Group.

First foundation poured at Mount Emerald
Aurizon Holdings has announced plans to exit its containerised rail and road-freight haulage business through a combination of closure and sale following a 12-month review.

The company has signed a binding agreement to sell its Queensland Intermodal business to a consortium of Linfox and Pacific National, while its intermodal business interstate will be closed.

“In making the decision to exit, we considered the significant financial losses that have been sustained year on year by Aurizon Intermodal,” managing director and chief executive officer Andrew Harding said.

“The business has not been able to establish significant scale and a customer base to support a profitable business in such a highly competitive market."

The transaction involving the Queensland Intermodal business includes the transfer of about 350 employee positions as well as assets, commercial and operational arrangements to the Linfox and Pacific National consortium.

Separately Aurizon has signed a binding agreement with Pacific National to sell its Acacia Ridge Intermodal Terminal, a transaction including the transfer of about 30 employee positions, as well as assets, commercial and operational arrangements.

Total consideration for the two transactions is $220 million.

The closure of Aurizon’s Intermodal business outside of Queensland is expected to take effect by December 2017 and would affect about 250 employee positions .

Aurizon also operates and manage the coal rail network in Central Queensland, which is not involved in the sell-off.

Linfox said the Aurizon intermodal acquisition, if successful, would enable the company to improve the scale and scope of the freight forwarding services it offered to national and large Australian freight forwarding customers, including those delivering freight to Northern Queensland.

The acquisition is subject to approval by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Aurizon offloads intermodal business