The official opening of BMA’s new Queensland coal mine will see 450 workers directly employed at the project.
The company officially opened Queensland’s newest coal mine yesterday, the miner's ninth coking coal mine in the state.
Dean Dalla Valle, BHP's head of coal, said of the 450 workers at the new mine, 5 per cent are Indigenous, while 100 are women.
The new mine is as a major boost for the state, especially as lower coal prices have seen more than 8000 coal mining jobs cut from Queensland in the last 18 months.
According to Dalla Valle there were more than 30 000 applications for the 900 positions across Daunia and the nearby Caval Ridge mine.
However, with a 100 per cent FIFO workforce sourced from Brisbane and Cairns, tensions remain high that the local community were not allowed to apply for roles at the project.
CFMEU district president Stephen Smyth said BMA has deliberately kept locals out of work.
“BHP is perfectly able to hire locally for new projects like Daunia and Caval Ridge. They have done so in the past when governments have made it a requirement of a new project approval,” Smyth said.
“FIFO/DIDO-only operation does not give employees a choice, nor does it benefit mining communities faced with all of the negative impacts of the boom everyday.”
Premier Campbell Newman, who was at the opening of the project, said the economic benefits of the coal mine would be felt state-wide.
"The resources industry is one of the four pillars of the economy and with good reason, when you consider the impact this investment will have in Queensland," Newman said.
"This one mine has already created 900 jobs and boosted the economy by $1.4 billion through the construction alone.
"Another 450 jobs will now support the ongoing operation of the mine, adding further benefits to the economy."