Northern NSW town aiming to become its own power station

Northern NSW town aiming to become its own power station

Posted October 18, 2017 07:00:49 Photo: Tyalgum Energy Project leader Andrew Price with one of the town’s solar-powered electric bikes. (ABC News: Jennifer Huxley) The northern New South Wales town of Tyalgum is powering toward being Australia’s first town to completely drop out of the national electricity grid. Cost of living in Queensland This week we are looking at how we’re making ends meet, and how Queenslanders are stretching their dollar further. The small town of about 300 people in the region renowned as the nation’s alternative lifestyle mecca has…

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Whyalla steelworks buyer on the acquisition trail — again

Whyalla steelworks buyer on the acquisition trail — again

SOUTH Australia’s steel saviour Sanjeev Gupta is circling the local aluminium assets of mining giant Rio Tinto. While a spokeswoman for his GFG Alliance declined to comment on the British industrial group’s push to purchase Rio’s Pacific Aluminium business, it is understood Mr Gupta will make site visits this week. The PA portfolio includes stakes in the Bell Bay smelter in Tasmania and the Boyne aluminium smelter at Gladstone, as well as a coal-fired power station in Gladstone. In an August interview with The Advertiser, Mr Gupta said: “There are…

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Rio Tinto's mixed results — weak copper production, but more iron ore shipped

Rio Tinto's mixed results — weak copper production, but more iron ore shipped

Updated October 17, 2017 12:19:53 Photo: A seven-week strike at the Escondida mine, Chile, led to weaker copper production results for Rio Tinto in the September quarter. (Supplied: BHP) Related Story: Rio Tinto’s first-half profit up 93 per cent to $4.1b Related Story: Rio Tinto’s NSW coal mines taken over by China-backed company eThere were some mixed results in Rio Tinto’s third-quarter production report. The mining giant exported more iron ore than expected during the September quarter, but had to downgrade its copper guidance for the second time this year….

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Business SA: The best leaders can inspire

Business SA: The best leaders can inspire

NELSON Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jnr, Mahatma Gandhi and Angela Merkel. All are great leaders, and while none of us would have ever worked for them, we know they are recognised for having inspired people and lead their communities to greatness. We all need a little inspiration most days, whether it is turning up to work under an employer who fails to inspire you, or needing a bit of a boost among colleagues. No one wants to turn up when their leader takes no interest in their employees,…

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Don't try this at home: swimming with humpback whales

Don't try this at home: swimming with humpback whales

Posted October 16, 2017 18:41:51 Photo: The humpback whale swim season, in its second trial year, runs from August until the end of October. (Supplied: Birds Eye View Ningaloo on tour with Ocean Eco Adventures) Related Story: Whale calf bellyflops onto teen diver in ‘crazy’ encounter caught on camera Related Story: Humpback whale swim tours planned for WA’s Ningaloo coast Authorities in northern Western Australia are warning amateur boaties they are risking their lives by attempting to swim with humpback whales off the Ningaloo Coast. The coastal town of Exmouth…

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