AUSTRALIA

Trucks are destroying our roads and not picking up the repair cost

It's high time Australia changed its current road user charges for trucks. The shortfall between the charges for heavy vehicles and the money spent on things like road system maintenance, construction costs, road crashes involving heavy trucks, emissions, pollution and urban road congestion amounts to a taxpayer subsidy for the industry of at least $3 billion per annum.

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Wireless Loadshackle supplied for port remediation work

Dynamic Rigging Hire (DRH) supplied a 25t Wireless Loadshackle, as well as a 20t girder trolley that is combined with a 16t air hoist, for remediation work beneath a fuel terminal jetty at Port Bonython in South Australia.

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Unprecedented demand draws Procore to Australia

Unprecedented demand draws Procore to AustraliaLock icon

In April, California-based construction technology provider, Procore, opened its first office in the Asia Pacific, settling on Sydney as its base for the region. At the time, the company said "significant demand across Australia and New Zealand" had attracted the team to this part of the world.

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Tadano launches their highest capacity crane the GR-1600XL-2

Tadano have launched a new 145t rough terrain crane with a 61m boom, which the company has claimed as being the world's biggest and furthest reaching.

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Upgraded Boom Booster kit for Demag crawler cranes

Terex Cranes have announced an extension to its popular Boom Booster kit for Demag CC 3800-1 crawler cranes, with the latest version extending the reach of the crane to a maximum system length of 183m.

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Clash between unions and Vic gov escalates

On Tuesday, 20,000 construction workers walked off the job to protest the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) and new building code, causing the shutdown of 100 construction sites.

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Canberra needs eyes wide open

Sydney is getting its long-overdue second airport and that is very good news for western Sydney - and the whole country. The federal government and the responsible minister Paul Fletcher deserve credit for pressing the ''go'' button on an airport that's been paused since the 1980s.

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Roebuck Civil awarded contract for Mackay Ring Road project

A second contract to relocate water mains on the construction site of the new Mackay Ring Road has been awarded to local company Roebuck Civil.

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Tasmanian government calls for tenders for highway upgrade

The federal and Tasmanian governments are calling for tenders for the Midland Highway upgrade, which aims to make a stretch of road that's seen multiple head-on collisions much safer.

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Fancy government financing could still cost the taxpayer

No sooner is one complicated financing idea from the government batted down, than another one pops up. We can expect more of them, now that the federal budget has established a new Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency.

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