Local jobs in the mines will be scarce at the proposed half-a-billion dollar Minyango underground coal mine. The mine, located just south of Blackwater, has decided that it will not hire permanent workers.
For each construction period or operational workforce period, the project will be offering 500 jobs. Of those, only 75 will be available as full-time positions to the residents of Blackwater and Emerald.
The majority of the workforce will be comprised of Fly-in, Fly-out or Drive-in, Drive-out workers. They will be used once the operations associated with the long wall, board and pillar begin.
Those employees currently working at the Cook Colliery mine are eligible to apply for positions at the new mine buy means of a transfer.
The Minyango mine is expected to produce seven million tonnes of thermal coal and coking annually. In terms of the economy, the project is expected to infuse the Central Highlands community with $40 million annually according to an Environmental Impact Statement. That number could be greatly increased in more of the jobs in the mines were going to local workers.
During every the year in which the underground coal mine is under construction, the project is projected to generate on average $81 million in income for Queensland according the same EIS.
Once the mine reaches full production capacity, Queensland is expecting to see an income of $374 million annually with about $140 million of that going to the CQ region specifically. Of that, a respectable $40 million should flow into the Central Highlands LGA annually as well.
Putting even more jobs in the mines at risk, the workers at the Caledon Resources’ Cook Colliery have a deadline of June 1 to make efficiency improvements otherwise they could be facing huge job cutbacks.