News

Rio Tinto pulls out of Abbot Point

Rio Tinto announced they will not participate in the Abbot Point Coal Terminal expansion due to due to changes in the economic environment.
Rio Tinto announced they will not participate in the Abbot Point Coal Terminal expansion due to due to changes in the economic environment. Peter Holt

THE FUTURE of the $6.2 billion Abbot Point Coal Terminal expansion is under a cloud after mining giant Rio Tinto announced they have pulled out of the deal.

Whitsunday mayor Mike Brunker said the news was not a major blow.

"It's cutting the weak from the strong," Mr Brunker said.

"I think it's nothing to panic about."

Member for Dawson George Christensen said delayed government approvals were to blame for the company's actions.

"One things Rio Tinto cited was regulatory approvals," Mr Christensen said.

"Those approvals have been with the Federal Government since December 2010 until now."

Topics:  abbot point coal terminal, mike brunker


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Hollywood stars hit Hamo

STAR POWER: Leonardo DiCaprio (pictured) and Chris Hemsworth have reportedly been holidaying on Hamilton Island this week.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Chris Hemsworth have been spotted on Hamo

Champion returns to defend Airlie triathlon

WARRIOR RETURNS: Sam Betten claiming the Hamilton Island Triathlon in 2014.Photo Andrea Francolini

Sam Betten is determined to defend his triathlon title

PJs will help children

ALL DAY COMFORT: Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre family support worker Kerri Brown, community development officer Tamara Noble and admin officer Peita Rollings getting ready for Pyjama Day last year. Photo: Charlotte Lam

Wear PJs to work and help children

Latest deals and offers

This year’s fete set to be great!

The Cannonvale State School fete is on its way and there's loads of fun for all to enjoy.

Hollywood stars hit Hamo

STAR POWER: Leonardo DiCaprio (pictured) and Chris Hemsworth have reportedly been holidaying on Hamilton Island this week.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Chris Hemsworth have been spotted on Hamo

Champion returns to defend Airlie triathlon

WARRIOR RETURNS: Sam Betten claiming the Hamilton Island Triathlon in 2014.Photo Andrea Francolini

Sam Betten is determined to defend his triathlon title

PJs will help children

ALL DAY COMFORT: Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre family support worker Kerri Brown, community development officer Tamara Noble and admin officer Peita Rollings getting ready for Pyjama Day last year. Photo: Charlotte Lam

Wear PJs to work and help children

Tom’s time to shine

BRINGIN’ IT: Catch Tom Budin at Boom this weekend before he makes it big time.

Tom Budin to hit Magnums

Creativity flows at painting workshop

ARTY: Peter Jennings, Lyndyl Hill, John Hill, tutor Jude Fleming, Jacquie Hendersen, Dot Smith, Glenda Vickers, Carol Bell, Emilie Huang, Avril Arling, Linda Forrester and Kerry Kenyon at Jude Flemming’s workshop.

Painting workshop has creativity flowing

What's on the small screen this week

MasterChef Australia's final four contestants, from left, Harry Foster, Elena Duggan, Elise Franciskovic and Matt Sinclair.

MASTERCHEF makes way for The Bachelor on Ten's reality TV slate.

Guy Sebastian a hit at Splendour in the Grass

Guy Sebastian performs at Splendour in the Grass with Paces.

REALITY TV judge a hit with festival crowd.

Hollywood stars hit Hamo

STAR POWER: Leonardo DiCaprio (pictured) and Chris Hemsworth have reportedly been holidaying on Hamilton Island this week.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Chris Hemsworth have been spotted on Hamo

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

Dynamic pics from Splendour Day 1

The Strokes perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Check out the latest pictures from Splendour in the Grass.

Bindi Irwin: 18 magic photos to mark her 18th birthday

Bindi Irwin with a python.

Photos: Bindi Irwin from babyhood to 18

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Chance to own an island

Keswick Island is for sale.

Keswick Island to go on the market