QUEENSLAND

CER warns electricity retailers on RET obligations after ERM's "intentional failure"

CER warns electricity retailers on RET obligations after ERM's "intentional failure"

Australia's Clean Energy Regulator (CER) has warned the country's electricity retailers to meet their 2016 Renewable Energy Target (RET) obligations in time for the February deadline, after ERM Power chose the $123 million penalty, instead of supporting...

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New initiatives on the horizon for Noosa

New initiatives on the horizon for Noosa

Last month, Noosa Council in South East Queensland announced that it had awarded a seven-year waste management contract to Cleanaway and the waste giant has plans to enhance the region's services.

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Ageing kerbside collections

Ageing kerbside collections

Over the past two decades, Australia has seen the number of persons aged 85 years and over increase by 153 and the number of centenarians increase by 263%, compared with a total population growth of 32% over the same period. As these trends continue,...

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New program to protect the Great Barrier Reef and Moreton Bay announced

New program to protect the Great Barrier Reef and Moreton Bay announced

A new $2 million Queensland government program has been announced, which will aim to reduce the amount of sediment washing off building and construction sites and flowing into the Great Barrier Reef and Moreton Bay.

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Suez wins $40M contract in novel procurement process

Suez wins $40M contract in novel procurement process

Mackay Regional Council has awarded Suez Australia a $40 million, eight-year contract for the region's bulk waste haulage and landfill operation following a seven-month evaluation period in a procurement process two years in the making.

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First funding agreement signed for ARENA's big solar rollout initiative

First funding agreement signed for ARENA's big solar rollout initiative

ARENA's program to drive down the cost and accelerate the rollout of big solar projects has just seen the first funding agreement signed, which commits up to $8.9 million of ARENA funding towards GENEX's $126 million Kidston Solar Project in North Queensland....

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Queensland worm farmer creates solar powered on-site compost machine

Queensland worm farmer creates solar powered on-site compost machine

A Queensland worm farmer has developed a commercially produced solar powered On-Site Composting Apparatus (OSCA), which is an automated aerobic composting device developed by Queensland company WDU Sustainability - an offshoot of Worms Down Under.

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Queensland says no to plastic bags

Queensland says no to plastic bags

To date, four states and territories have passed legislation banning the supply of lightweight plastic bags and Queensland looks set to join them.

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New timber performance research centre launched in Queensland

New timber performance research centre launched in Queensland

Timber industry group Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) will bring together industry academia and government in an effort to put Australia at the forefront of international best practice in timber performance.

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Recycler named farmer of the year

Recycler named farmer of the year

Matthew Keith, a Northern Queensland cane farmer turned recycler, has taken home the Australian Farmer of the Year title for 2016.

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