Business

Aurizon invests $180 million in CQ Coal Network

PROUD TEAM: Aurizon’s managing director and chief executive officer Lance Hockridge, manager for mechanised production, Mick Keefe, and vice-president for network operations Clay McDonald in front of the new Banga Yulgabari Gudyara.
PROUD TEAM: Aurizon’s managing director and chief executive officer Lance Hockridge, manager for mechanised production, Mick Keefe, and vice-president for network operations Clay McDonald in front of the new Banga Yulgabari Gudyara. Rokaurizon

AURIZON has invested $180 million in equipment to ensure greater tonnage on the Central Queensland Coal Network.

The 40 high-tech track machines and specialised wagons maintain the rail sleepers and rock ballast across the 2670km of rail track for 25,000 train services per year, that weigh on average 9000 tonnes a train.

Aurizon managing director and chief executive officer Lance Hockridge unveiled one of the new 62m, 193-tonne track machines on Thursday at a ceremony at Sarina attended by 60 local employees.

"Track construction and maintenance, like Aurizon, has been transformed in recent times," Mr Hockridge said.

"We are now more productive, more innovative, using world-leading technology and most importantly we are safer.

"These massive machines operate on the $5 billion asset which is the Central Queensland Coal Network, the supply chain that links more than 40 mines with the state's export ports.

"In 2013/14 the Central Queensland Coal Network carried record volumes of 214 million tonnes.

"This investment in new track machines is fundamental to driving even higher tonnage throughput for our customers, while improving safety and reliability across the network."

Aurizon said it recognised the traditional land on which it operated by placing indigenous artwork and the name "Banga Yulgabari Gudyara" meaning "scrub, track-path-road, sea" on one machine.

Central Queensland's Barada Barna people provided the artwork and suggested the name.

Topics:  aurizon central queensland rockhampton



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

The heatwave is here to stay

Generic hot weather photo.

Summer has arrived with a vengeance

Worries for Livingstone rate payers as Shoalwater expands

Bill Ludwig is concerned for Livingstone rate payers

Mayor Ludwig voices concerns over no rates for Shoalwater

VIDEO: Colorado lifts the standard of today's tough work horse

Introducing the all new Holden Colorado Z71, exclusive to Lawrence's Holden.

Beasty dual cab locks in ruggedess and refinement

Local Partners

The heatwave is here to stay

Summer has arrived with a vengeance and there's no sign of it stopping any time soon


ACROSS THE REGION

CHRISTMAS SONGS: It's Carols by Candlelight in Emu Park this weekend.

LOOKING for something to do this weekend?

72 HOURS ACROSS THE REGION

Rock Force at the Great Western Hotel tonight. Performing all your favourite covers from all your favourite bands.

LOOKING for something to do this weekend?

New book to document history of Livingstone Shire

St Faiths School, Yeppoon.

Book includes previously unseen photographs of historical sites

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

Saying "I do" changed Shia's outlook on marriage

Shia LaBeouf has a new outlook on marriage since he tied the knot.

Singer tunes in to first movie role

Tori Kelly voices the character Meena in the movie Sing.

Musician Tori Kelly voices Meena the teenage elephant in Sing

Cricketing greats bring Aussie mateship to commentary box

Cricket commentator Adam Gilchrist.

ADAM Gilchrist enjoys the fun of calling the Big Bash League.

The dead help solve the case

Debut novel delivers on wit, violence and shock

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!