Adani has revealed that 14,498 job applications were received for the Carmichael coal mine and rail project in Queensland by the end of December.
This represented a significant number for the project as the Queensland resources industry recorded around 10,000 extra jobs over the last year.
Of the 14,498 expressions of interest received, 5661 were from unemployed people. Adani has expressed a commitment to employ workers from the regional mining cities of Rockhampton and Townsville in particular.
“A large number of those people are blue-collar workers, but the professionals and white collar workers like engineers, office managers and geologists are lining up as well,” Adani Australia mining chief executive Lucas Dow said.
“Hundreds of these workers are from towns where the economy is not doing as well as Brisbane.’’
The long-gestating thermal coal project in the Galilee Basin region of Queensland was declared 100 per cent financed in November last year.
Adani last week commenced roadworks despite not yet having key environmental approvals from the state government.
Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the high number of application was not a surprise.
“Resources jobs underpin the economy of South East Queensland, but importantly, they also drive the economies of Central and North Queensland too,”Macfarlane said.
“It is essential that we have the right processes in place to ensure the resources sector can continue to support the Queensland economy, and that Queensland maintains its reputation as a stable place to invest.”