Archived News for Engineering Professionals - March, 2013
The Federal Government has announced the total value on the National Infrastructure Construction Schedule (NICS) has topped $60 billion.
METS sector booming finds report
Australia’s ongoing resources boom has seen an explosion in the growth of the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector, according to a new report released by the Minerals Council of Australia.
Pacific Highway progresses passed halfway point
The Federal Government has released the latest six-month Report Card on the state of the rollout of the Pacific Highway duplication, concluding that the project has officially cracked the halfway marker.
PMI continues fall
Australia’s manufacturing sector is continuing to languish in the doldrums, according to the latest Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI) released by the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group).
Sydney ups commitment to light rail
The City of Sydney has announced it has voted to increase the council’s contribution to the South East Sydney light rail project from $180 million to $220 million.
Telecom launches next-gen broadband
New Zealand telecommunications giant Telecom has launched its next generation ‘Ultra Fibre’ service, offering speeds of up to 100Mbps download/up to 50 Mbps upload.
Victoria announces 20 year rail plan
Public Transport Victoria (PTV) has released the state’s first detailed network development plan for Melbourne’s metropolitan rail system in over 40 years.
Victoria approves housing precinct project
The Victorian Government has announced it has approved a key precinct structure plan for the Geelong area, which it claims will result in a $2 billion investment in the local building and housing area.
Leighton sells telecom assets
Engineering giant Leighton Holdings has announced the sale of the majority of its telecommunications assets to Canada based Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan (OTPP).
Transfield wins Sydney NBN Contract
The National Broadband Network Co (NBN Co) has announced it has awrded a major contract to Transfield Services for the roll out of fibre optic broadband cable in the Sydney metropolitan and suburban areas.
Australia a big infrastructure spender finds OECD
Australia is one of the world’s biggest investors in infrastructure, spending more than almost every developed nation, according to a new report released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Bowen pipeline gets the nod
Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) has announced it has given environmental approval to the proposed billion dollar Bowen coal seam gas pipeline.
New Chair for Leighton
Leighton Holdings has announced the appointment of Bob Humphris as the company’s new Chairman, only a matter of days after erstwhile Chairman Stephen Johns departed with two other non-executive Directors in tow.
Study details resources training efforts
A new study commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia shows that the resources sector spent over $1.1 billion on training in the 2011-12 financial year.
Victoria outlines massive projects
The Victorian Government has released the project proponents for a series of massive infrastructure projects in Melbourne, which it says will transform travel around the city.
Construction starts on major freight link
The Western Australian Government has announced the start of construction of the Mundijong Road extension, which it says will become a major commuter and freight link from the Kwinana Freeway to Mandurah Road in Rockingham.
NBN Co revises rollout schedule
The National Broadband Network Co (NBN Co) has revised its rollout schedule of the mega-project, acknowledging a three-month delay to the decade long rollout.
SKA design bids open
The Federal Government has announced that Australian science and industry organisations are being invited to submit their designs and engineering works for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).
FWO to crack down on 457 rogues
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) will be targeting ‘rogue employers’ who misuse the 457 skilled migrant visa by introducing more checks and balances to crack down on ‘suspicious activity’.
Queensland details $450 million roads management plan
The Queensland Government has announced the state’s road industry is set to receive further details for a planned injection of up to $450 million in asset management contracts.
Safe Work Australia releases nanotechnology safety reports
Safe Work Australia (SWA) has released two new research reports examining nanotechnology work health and safety issues.