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Apr 05, 2021
Why water sucks when it comes to dust suppression

Why water sucks when it comes to dust suppression

Partner supplied editorial Leading dust suppression specialists Global Road Technology (GRT) are launching their latest dust control initiative as they seek to mitigate air pollution caused by mining activity in Australia. GRT: Drill and Blast Dust Control, is a two-pronged attack on the hazardous, respirable dust generated from drill and blast activities. The first product, GR...

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Sep 29, 2020
It’s official – La Niña is here

It’s official – La Niña is here

The Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed that a La Niña has formed in the tropical Pacific, with climate models suggesting it’s likely to remain until at least the end of 2020. La Niña typically brings a wetter-than-average spring and summer to northern and eastern Australia as well as increased tropical cyclone numbers. The last La… ...

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Aug 18, 2020
La Niña alert status raises flooding, cyclone risk

La Niña alert status raises flooding, cyclone risk

Australia is likely to be facing a wet year with increased tropical cyclones as the Bureau of Meteorology raises its El Niño-Southern Oscillation Outlook to La Niña alert status. This status means the chance of a La Niña occurring this year has increased to 70 per cent, roughly three times the normal likelihood.  Bureau manager of climate operations Dr Andrew Watkins said La Niña typically resulte...

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Aug 07, 2020
Flood warning boost for 28 regional councils

Flood warning boost for 28 regional councils

Regional Queensland communities impacted by the 2019 monsoon floods will benefit from a $6 million investment in vital flood warning infrastructure. It brings total warning network funding to $8 million under a wider $242 million joint state and Commonwealth Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements package. The improvements will include rainfall and river level gauges, cameras and… ...

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Aug 05, 2020
Satellite access to improve environmental monitoring

Satellite access to improve environmental monitoring

An app selected for a $4.2 million Google Earth program will enable citizen scientists to use satellite data to monitor environmental change.   An online remote sensing application developed by James Cook University’s Dr Nicholas Murray was selected to join the international Group on Earth Observations (GEO) – Google Earth Engine (GEE) partnership to improve access… ...

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Jul 06, 2020
New damage mapping app REDI to roll

New damage mapping app REDI to roll

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority has developed an app to help councils make more informed infrastructure investment decisions. The Repeat Events and Dollars Index (REDI) is an interactive web-based mapping tool that identifies the most likely and costly sites at risk from natural disaster. Incorporating almost 10 years of geocoded damage data across approximately 600,000 locations,… ...

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Jun 10, 2020
Regional resilience works share $16m injection

Regional resilience works share $16m injection

A host of projects in North and North West Queensland have attracted almost $16 million in funding aimed at rebuilding infrastructure damaged by the 2019 monsoon trough. The latest tranche of funding will support 46 resilience projects, and is in addition to the $93 million-plus already approved through a Commonwealth and State government partnership. Emergency… ...

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Jun 01, 2020
Funds to help households cyclone-proof homes

Funds to help households cyclone-proof homes

Queensland homeowners will be able to cyclone-proof their homes through the Household Resilience Program after a a $21.25 million top-up of the scheme. The work it generates is hoped to provide a solid boost for local tradespeople and was among the elements of the Queensland Economic Recovery Strategy announced last month. Federal Emergency Management Minister… ...

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May 26, 2020
Rich in rail returns

Rich in rail returns

Activity around the north west Queensland town of Richmond is a symbol of investment into the Great Northern Railway line this financial year according to peak industry body, Mount Isa Townsville Economic Zone, or MITEZ There’d been noticeably more activity along the MITEZ corridor since the finish of the wet season with work crews carrying… ...

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