Rail freight company QR National has announced the completion of all eleven rail bridges on the Northern Missing Link, a crucial component of the company’s $1.1 billion Goonyella to Abbot Point (GAP) Expansion Project.

QR National Network Services CEO Michael Carter said it was an important milestone for the GAP project, which is due to have the first trains running across its tracks in early 2012.

“The expansion project has been in full swing for 19 months, and we are now reaching the final stages of construction. Despite the extraordinary wet season which hit Queensland earlier this year, we have continued to deliver the project on behalf of our customers on schedule and within budget,” he said.

Researchers with Deakin University’s Institute for Technology Research and Innovation, together with industry partner VR Tek Global, have developed a new low cost and environmentally friendly method for recycling old tyres into high quality ingredients for the manufacture of new rubber products.

A robot developed by Flinders University engineers is set to fundamentally improve the understanding of the performance of normal and diseased joints function.

Queensland’s coal export capacity will be boosted as a result of  the financial close of the $2.5 billion Wiggins Island Coal export Terminal.

The Queensland Government has recognized Kathy Hirschfeld, an eminent chemical engineer, as an inspiration to women in Queensland considering careers in traditionally male dominated fields.

Master Builders Australia (MBA) has called for more time to consider and implement the Federal Government’s occupational health and safety (OHS) harmonisation reform.

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