The Western Australian Government has hailed the passage of amendments to the Building Act 2011, with State Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien saying it will allow industry to take advantage of legislation’s original intention.

The Federal Government has announced an extra $400 million will be made available for trade training Centres (TTCs) in schools under Round Five of the national program.

The Queensland Government has welcomed the Local Government Association of Queensland’s (LGAQ) decision to back uranium mining in the State.

Whirehaven Coal’s Maules Creek Coal Project has been granted approval by the New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission, subject to what it calls ‘stringent conditions’.

Engineering firm Monadelphous Group has announced it has been awarded a $320 million in construction and maintenance contracts from mining giant Rio Tinto.

Soon to be released research stands to advice residents on ways to best respond to future flooding caused by climate change.

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) has announced the release of the Abbot Point Voluntary Cumulative Impact Assessment (CIA), which it believes is the first collaborative study of its kind undertaken in Australia.

Former CEO of WorleyParsons, John Grill, has announced a $20 million personal gift to the University of Sydney.

The Western Australian Government has announced the appointment of former deputy commissioner of WA police Murray Lampard as the new chair of the Road Safety Council.

Engineering services giant WorleyParsons has announced its $100 million offer to acquire TWP Holdings has been accepted by its parent company, Basi Read Holdings.

International shipping giant Maersk has announced more cuts to its Asia-Europe trade, citing falling demand for the trading route.

The Federal Government has announced Darwin-based construction company, Norbuilt, as the winning bidder for upgrading to the Central Arnhem Road and other major local infrastructure upgrades.

Demand for skilled labour in the oil and gas industries is continuing to show growth, according to Hays’ Oil and Gas Global Job Index.

Queensland Mining Corporation has announced it has commenced mining at the company’s Young Australian copper project in Queensland’s northwest.

Mining giant Rio Tinto has released its third quarter 2012 operations review, showing it has posted a record quarterly Pilbara iron ore production.

The Tasmanian Parliament has passed legislation that will see the state join the country’s first National Rail Safety Regulator.

Qantas’ CEO, Alan Joyce, has announced it will invest $30 million to upgrade its heavy maintenance facilities in Brisbane.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has agreed to an arrangement that will see the transition to more efficient train services proposed by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) for its rail network in the Hunter Valley.

Oil and petroleum giant BP has announced it has started work on the construction of the $20 million expansion of its Largs North Terminal.

More should be done to ensure the emerging gas boom in Australia benefits the general population, according to a new report into the benefits and potential costs associated with the boom, according to a report released by the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) and the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PAICA).

The Federal Government has announced a major overhaul of the country’s apprenticeship system,  with Minister for Skills, Senator Chris Evans, saying as much as 21,000 apprentices will be recruited under the reform.

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