Fast-tracking 1200 mine jobs

BOWEN BASIN: More than 1200 jobs will be created in our region as part of the Queensland Government fast-tracking a handful of giant mining projects in the Bowen Basin.

Eleven of the projects announced by Mines Minister Geoff Wilson in early February would supply business to Central Queensland.

Even with firm confidentiality agreements in place on these projects, it is understood that four of the projects will be built by two of Queensland's largest coal producers.

Mining goliath BMA, which flagged more than 1000 job cuts in the region, is still pushing ahead, with its Daunia and Caval Ridge mines being highlighted by the department.

Daunia, to be built 25km south-east of Moranbah, is currently undergoing its environmental impact statement (EIS) but the open-cut operation could begin producing coal as soon as 2010 and would employ 450 people during construction, dropping to 300 once finished.

Caval Ridge is also undergoing its EIS and is not planned to be operating until 2011, but once finished, would employ about 340 people at the open-cut operation on the outskirts of the mining town.

Ensham Resources is developing its Ensham Central Project - a new underground mine at its site near Emerald, and extending its current open-cut mining operations.

Ensham Mine made national headlines after parts of the mine filled with water during the deluge in January last year.

These add up to only four of the mining projects in our region that are being “fast-tracked” by the Queensland Government.

Details are scarce due to confidentiality agreements, but the 1200 jobs for the region have been confirmed.

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