540 new jobs are set to be created with the Byerwen Coal project receiving Queensland government approval.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said QCoal’s mine had been given the green light subject to 122 conditions.
“The Coordinator General has set strict conditions to protect groundwater resources, surface water quality and fauna, as well as controls on air quality, dust and noise,” Seeney said.
The new mine, located 20km west of Glenden, plans on producing 10 million tonnes of hard coking coal per year for 50 years.
The project is set to create 350 jobs during construction and up to 545 jobs when it reaches full production.
Seeney said the miner has committed to hiring locals from the nearby towns of Glenden, Nebo, Moranbah and Collinsville and from across the wider region.
“The project could also have flow-on benefits to nearby towns and businesses, creating even more local jobs,” Seeney said.
The project will now head to the federal government for final environmental approval.
QCoal said it expects all approvals to be finalised by early 2015, and states it will commence construction soon after.