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New Bowen Basin coal mine to bring almost 1000 jobs - Report

Coal News - Published on Fri, 19 Apr 2019

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Weekly Times reported that a USD 1 billion metallurgical coal mining project in the Bowen Basin is a step closer to being realised after being declared a coordinated project by Queensland's independent Coordinator-General. Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert said the proposed Winchester South facility near Moranbah would create an estimated 950 jobs, 500 during the construction phase and 450 once the mine is operational. The Assistant Minister for State Development said that "The proponent will be looking to employ locals from our regional towns. This is good news for places like Moranbah, Dysart, Coppabella and Mackay and provides even more opportunities for regional Queensland. Project construction will support 500 jobs over two years, with 450 full-time jobs to be sustained once the mine is operational. This has the potential to be a huge win for our economy, and will create security for so many locals and their families."

State Development Minister Mr Cameron Dick said the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Act would ensure central Queensland had maximum benefit from the project. Mr Dick said that "The Act bans large resources projects from employing 100 per cent fly-in-fly-out workforces. This means regional Queensland will get the lion's share of jobs, while that economic ripple effect will create opportunities for local small-and-medium-sized businesses."

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 19 Apr 2019
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