Future Waste Resources Convention 2018

This timely and important event will feature an impressive line-up of local and international keynote speakers and industry experts. They will present practical insights and outcomes that articulate how Queensland can deliver a new business environment focused on achieving a ‘circular economy’ in secondary resource management, and what is and can be achieved in this state. Read more

Hitachi strengthens its hand

Kawasaki says it will spin off its wheel loader division around April next year. The new company will initially be a wholly owned Kawasaki subsidiary but Hitachi will buy a 34% stake before the end of 2009. Read more

South African engineer joins Thiess in east

Taylor was most recently managing director of South Africa’s Murray and Roberts Construction, the largest engineering and construction services firm in that country, which has a portfolio including projects such as the Gautrain Rapid Rail Development and Green Point Stadium Project.In June, Thiess and its joint venture partners completed the $2.6 billion EastLink project in Melbourne – one of the largest public-private partnerships ever carried out in Australia – five months ahead of schedule. Read more

Fewer fish in an inflexible net

Hays Resources & Mining regional director Simon Winfield said the search for the perfect candidate would always exist. However, if employers recognise how to determine those candidates suited to all aspects of the role, not just those with the correct technical skills, they are more likely to recruit and retain the best skills for their particular business. Read more


According to ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel, the report shows that the Australian community has benefited from reforms that commenced a decade ago.“During this time, demand for stevedoring services has doubled,” he said.“The cost of using stevedoring services has fallen in real terms. Read more

Leighton maintains 15% profit forecast

The construction giant said its work in hand had grown to $35.3 billion as at September 30, 2008, and since then the group had won around $2.4 billion worth of work. However, Leighton chairman David Mortimer said the company’s results for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 had been negatively impacted by the deterioration in asset values. Read more

Scammers offering cheap, fake Hondas

Honda said its products were among a number of brands of power equipment that were being sold by people of Irish, Scottish, English and Australian origin.In particular, Honda said that in recent months a band of about 50 travelling Irish traders had been selling their wares in this manner and trying to pass off their inferior quality products as the genuine article.Moving from town to town, the scammers are said to offer equipment at heavily discounted prices compared to the genuine product, and do not provide a warranty or any contact details, promptly leaving the area for their next location before they are traced. Read more