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The Ravenswood gold mine has officially changed hands, with new owners EMR Capital and Golden Energy and Resources completing the $300 million purchase deal.

The EMR GEAR Consortium have flagged a keen interest in ramping up operations and extending the life of the business.

Former owner Resolute Mining says the sale deal gives it immediate liquidity and exposure to the future success of the Ravenswood Expansion Project, while transferring the capital expenditure funding requirements and development obligation to consortium with a strong relevant track record in successful project development. 

“The sale of our Ravenswood gold mine delivers on our objective of ensuring a new long-life future for Ravenswood while maximising value for Resolute shareholders,” Resolute managing director and chief executive officer John Welborn said.

“Settlement enables us to focus our attention and energy on our African portfolio and the abundant opportunities for further growth and value creation.”

The EMR GEAR Consortium agreed to pay $100 million upfront for Ravenswood – comprising $50 million of cash and $50 million of deferred consideration via the issue of a promissory note.

The acquisition deal also includes up to $200 million in contingent upside instruments linked to the average gold price and the investment outcomes of Ravenswood for the EMR GEAR Consortium.

EMR also owns the Capricorn Copper mine near Mount Isa and, with partners Adaro and Mitsui, the Kestrel coking coal mine near Emerald in the Bowen Basin. 

GEAR has strategic investments in leading gold and coking coal producers in Australia via Westgold Resources and Stanmore Coal.

Completion for $300m Ravenswood gold deal
A new general manager is taking the helm at Adani’s Abbot Point operations near Bowen.

Allan Brown (pictured below) has been appointed general manager – port operations from April 14.

Chief executive officer Adani Infrastructure Trista Brohier said Mr Brown joined the business with a wealth of experience in senior leadership roles from Gladstone Ports Corporation and most recently Newcrest Mining.

“With a strong background in transformation, ports and asset management, Allan is well positioned to support the growth of our business in the future,” she said.

“I would like to thank Samantha Evans for acting in the general manager – port operations role and for her hard work and contribution during this time of transition.

“I am pleased to announce Samantha has been appointed senior manager – approval and infrastructure commencing 20th April. Samantha will be reporting to me and will be a member of the Adani Infrastructure Group executive leadership team.”

New executive at Abbot Point
QCoal has moved to purchase the business and assets of Bounty Mining, including the Cook Colliery.

The company went into voluntary administration in December after a string of setbacks including rockfalls at the Blackwater district mine in October.

Bounty Mining receivers and managers PWC said they had accepted an offer from QCoal subsidiary Constellation Mining.

The transaction is expected to be finalised next month, subject to approvals regarding the transfer of assets.

Bounty Mining acquired Cook Colliery and other assets from Caledon (in liquidation) and Glencore in December 2017.

It secured a $90 million refinancing deal late last year with QCoal, a shareholder, but was actively seeking at least $35 million more to keep running before its pre-Christmas collapse.

QCoal moves on Bountry Mining assets
ACCIONA has announced plans to build a $1.96 billion Queensland wind farm, the MacIntyre complex, with a total capacity of 1026MW.

The bulk of the investment will take place between 2022 and 2023, the company says, with up to 400 jobs created over the life of the project.

The complex will consist of 180 Nordex Group Delta4000 turbines, each with a capacity of up to 5.7MW.

Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2021.

Plans for $1.96 Queensland wind farm complex

ACCIONA has reached an agreement with CleanCo, the Queensland Government’s newest renewable energy generator, for it to become the independent owner and operator of a 100MW wind farm within the MacIntyre complex. 

In addition, CleanCo will acquire the annual production of 400MW from ACCIONA’s facilities for 10 years through a power purchase agreement.

ACCIONA said it was negotiating additional supply agreements with private clients as well as the possible involvement of other offtake-investor partners for its 926MW in the MacIntyre complex.

The project – on sheep farming land about 50km south-west of Warwick – will have a gradual start-up in phases.

Some 64 km of transmission lines will be laid to connect the wind complex to the grid. The entire MacIntyre complex is scheduled to be fully operational in 2024.

The Federal and State governments have given the green light for $21 million worth of infrastructure resilience projects in regional communities impacted by the 2019 monsoon trough.

Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said this round of funding included more than $17 million to improve regional road networks. 

“Today’s announcement is in addition to more than $60 million already approved under the joint $134.5 million infrastructure package between Federal and Queensland Governments,” Mr Littleproud said.

Delivery of these projects will be rolled out until June 2021. 

Just over one million dollars has been allocated to seal four roads in Townsville, which were left damaged by last year’s monsoonal flooding.

The Diamantina Shire will receive $2.7 million to repave and seal sections of Birdsville-Simpson Desert National Park Road. 

And Aboriginal shire councils in Napranum and Palm Island will also receive more than $3 million to repair roads, improve accessibility and better protect vulnerable communities. 

The full list of funded projects is below:

Department of Transport and Main Roads – upgrade floodways along the Landsborough Highway between Mount Isa and Winton, $5.9 million, upgrade sections of Kennedy Development Road between Hughenden and Winton, $3.1 million, replace Isabella Creek Bridge in Cook Shire, $716,000

Diamantina Shire Council –  seal section of Birdsville-Simpson Desert National Park Road, $2.8 million

Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council – seal sections of Stones Crossing Access Road, $2.2 million

Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council – upgrade culverts and install pavement along Wallaby Point Road, $822,000, construct a seawall to protect Banfield Drive, $790,000

Richmond Shire Council – replace existing infrastructure with concrete floodways along Maxwelton Kynuna Road, $180,000

Torres Shire Council – upgrade the Waiben Esplanade Seawall, $2 million

Townsville City Council – seal Forestry Road, $462,000, seal Poderosa Road, $343,000, seal Bougainville Street, $7500, seal Purono Parkway, $215,000

Cook Shire Council – restore walking tracks connecting Grassy Hill, Cherry Tree Bay, Finch Bay, the Old Quarry and the botanic gardens, $953,000

Department of Environment and Science – repair and stabilise sections of Under the Radar Mountain Bike Trail and Smedley’s Mountain Bike Trail in Townsville, $364,000

These projects are being delivered through the $242 million exceptional circumstances package jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Computer users are being urged to practice cyber hygiene as well as hand hygiene during the COVID-19 crisis, as online scammers strike.

The warning comes from CQUniversity Information Systems and Analysis Leader, Dr Ritesh Chugh, who says everyone must stay on guard as these threats are global.

Dr Chugh has reflected on the various coronavirus-related scams and what the public should do to stay safe online.

“The unsuspecting public needs to watch out for the numerous COVID-19-related scams currently circulating,” he said.

Cyber hygiene warning to fight COVID-19 scammers

Watch our for:

Email phishing
- “These scams are usually spread through email, text messages and social media to extract personal and financial information such as usernames, passwords and addresses. In some cases, links and attachments are also transmitted, which could install malicious software on user computers.”

Emails offering coronavirus-related advice (with attachments) appearing to be from legitimate organisations. Opening the attachments could download malicious software to your computer. Sometimes, there will be links rather than attachments, which take users to a spoofing site to capture personal information

Ransomware attack – Spam emails can also contain links or attachments that install ransomware on your computer. Ransomware encrypts files or locks computers, with the perpetrator then asking for a ransom to decrypt the files, or unlock infected machines.

Spoofing sites – These are lookalike fraudulent websites with similar content and URLs to legitimate sites, with the intention to capture login information or download malware. The malware could be a keystroke logger that transmits every keystroke back to the fraudster. These websites may offer fake treatments or cures for coronavirus.

Impersonations – These are scammers posing as health agencies and asking for credit card details for medical prescriptions under false pretences.

Text scams – There are Coronavirus-related text messages that appear to be from government-related agencies spreading disinformation and harvesting users’ personal and financial information.

Social media advertisements – There are fraudulent COVID-19 home test kits being peddled on social media.

Faux fundraising – Scammers are creating fake charities or impersonating real ones to capitalise on the goodwill of people during this pandemic.