Australia

“Not going to happen”: Lucas declares false start on SA Commonwealth Games push

The State Government has flatly refused to reconsider hosting the 2026 Commonwealth Games, defeating a renewed lobbying push for the 10-day event to be held in Adelaide. Lobbying has begun for SA to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games. Commonwealth Games Australia today launched a new campaign for the games to be hosted in Adelaide with a drop to News Corp ...

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John Holland to build Stage 3 of Gold Coast light rail

AUSTRALIA: Gold Coast Light Rail project company GoldlinQ has selected John Holland as preferred bidder for design and construction of the Stage 3 extension to Burleigh Heads. Following an initial call for expressions of interest, GoldlinQ shortlisted three bidders in February to submit final tenders. John Holland has been selected ahead of bids from the CPBSW joint venture between CPB ...

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Request for Proposals for METRONET extension

The Western Australian Government is now seeking ​Request for Proposals to start work on the METRONET Byford Rail Extension, with the main contract to be awarded in mid-2021. The Byford extension involves the construction of approximately 8km of new track and a new station at Byford, about 400m north of Abernethy Road and south of Evans Way. It will include ...

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PLP hits back over $800,000 loan to Blakey

The Progressive Labour Party branded attacks over a loan to a United States music promoter a “desperate” election tactic. A party spokeswoman said Anthony Blakey, who disappeared after taking a $800,000 loan in April 2018 to set up a music studio at Dockyard, was previously involved with entertainment at the America’s Cup. The spokeswoman said: “If this company was so ...

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Hydrogen to follow gas expansion as Morrison bids for net zero emissions

A national bet on hydrogen power will be central to a new federal energy road map to move away from fossil fuels, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison promises a plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions. The technology road map will be aimed at creating a clean energy industry that can ship hydrogen to customers such as Japan and South ...

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Poland shortlists Hawkei in search for armoured personnel carriers

Australia’s Hawkei is among four other armoured vehicles to advance to the next phase of the Polish government’s procurement process. The Polish Ministry for National Defence has shortlisted four bids for the supply of armoured personnel protection vehicles to its military. Thales Group’s Hawkei — a seven-tonne, 4×4, new generation protected vehicle with a three-tonne payload — is among the ...

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Australia Capital Territory government lauds role of batteries in renewables transition

Neoen’s existing 150MW Hornsdale Power Reserve battery, paired with a wind farm, in Australia. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government has lauded the role large-scale batteries will play in the country’s energy transition, having supported projects which will see energy storage project deployed in the country. Yesterday the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) awarded 200MW of renewable energy capacity contracts in ...

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ACT secures two big batteries for Canberra and record low price for wind

Canberra is set to become host to two big battery projects, with the ACT government announcing that two companies that will supply additional 200MW of wind power to the national capital at record low prices will also both build big batteries within the ACT. The ACT government revealed the two successful bids from its latest reverse auction on Tuesday morning, ...

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Underwater: Australia’s oil industry faces new indigenous heritage test

Archaeologists in July reported they had found hundreds of stone tools submerged off the Dampier Archipelago in Western Australia, showing evidence of people living in the area when it was dry land more than 7,000 years ago MELBOURNE: A discovery of ancient artefacts on the seabed off Australia’s west coast has opened up a new frontier for resource companies to ...

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Bumpy Sydney overpass to get some TLC

SYDNEY — One of Cape Breton’s busiest and bumpiest thoroughfares is getting a smoother surface. The Cape Breton Post has learned that the province’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will soon offer a contract to repair the Victoria Road viaduct that connects the sprawling Whitney Pier neighbourhood with the rest of Sydney. But although sources say the winning bid ...

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Australian Defence hunts for new contractor to build new recruitment database

It comes after Defence’s former recruitment database was attacked using a Citrix vulnerability. Australia’s Department of Defence has started its search for a partner that can help deliver a new recruitment system for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Defence said under the contract, which will be worth more than AU$1 billion over 10 years, the successful partner would be responsible for ...

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New Bridgewater Bridge project released to market

Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Eric Abetz, Senator for Tasmania Michael Ferguson, Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Tasmanians are another step closer to driving on a new Bridgewater Bridge with a Request for Proposal (RFP) released to market today for the $576 million project. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport ...

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$30m Spent On Dorian Clean-Up

KATHERINE Forbes-Smith Despite the challenges on Dorian stricken Abaco and Grand Bahama, more than $30m has been spent on clean up says the Disaster Reconstruction Authority (DRA) managing director. #Katherine Forbes-Smith, managing director of the DRA, told a webinar that the DRA has had a “big, big challenge with just how much debris had to be dealt with as a ...

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Pre-finals bye to stay as AFL delays grand final announcement

The AFL will not announce the venue for the grand final until next week, but is set to stick with the recent tradition of a pre-finals bye, paving the way for the game’s finale to be held on October 24. The decision to stick with the bye means the AFL decider is likely to be held on Cox Plate day ...

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Malaysia to launch competition for drones and manned maritime patrol aircraft

The U.S. government has started deliveries of six Insitu ScanEagle drones to the Royal Malaysian Navy, donated using funding from the U.S. Maritime Security Initiative. (Royal Australian Navy) MELBOURNE, Australia — Malaysia is moving ahead with its plans to acquire much-needed manned and unmanned aircraft to enhance maritime security, with the Southeast Asian country announcing that it will be issuing separate ...

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New government bond attracts $66b in bids

The Australian government has raised $21 billion through a new Treasury bond through a syndicate of banks, the Australian Office of Financial Management says. There were more than $66 billion of bids for the bond that matures in November 2031 and pays an interest rate of 1.0 per cent. Settlement of the issue will occur on September 2. It will ...

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New govt bond sale attracts $44b of bids, record under threat

A new Australian government bond offer attracted $44 billion of bids within hours of the order book opening, leading analysts to speculate another record-breaking raising could be on the cards. On Tuesday, banks appointed by the Australian Office of Financial Management officially began marketing a new November 2031 bond as part of its 2020-21 funding task. Federal Reserve chair Jerome ...

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Land 2097 Phase 4 request for proposals now open

A Black Hawk helicopter hovers over the flight deck to enable Army special operations soldiers to fast-rope onto HMAS Sirius. A Request for Proposal to improve aviation support for Australia’s new Special Forces helicopters are now open to Australian defence industry. Industry options will be explored by Defence for an agile upgrade pathway for the new fleet of light helicopters ...

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Competitive bid process to open for Escarpment

Michael Ferguson,Minister for State Growth The Macquarie Point Development Corporation will release its Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) for developers and/or consortia considering being part of the first land release for Mac Point this Thursday, 6 August 2020. Following a successful pre-registration of interest in April, the Corporation is now ready to move into the next stage of delivery. ...

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MINDEF announces request for proposals for Aussie Special Forces

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has announced that a request for proposals to improve aviation support for Australia’s new Special Forces helicopters is now open to Australian defence industry. Minister Reynolds welcomed the opening of the invitation to Australian industry, which will help ensure Australia’s helicopters remain at the cutting edge of special operations aviation. Industry options will be explored by ...

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