Carmichael mine developers Adani are now taking expressions of interest from people wanting work in the mining industry.
The indian-owned company said it plan on hiring 5000 people during the construction phase, with the first round of workers to be hired next year, double the estimates made when approval for the mine was announced.
The company has encouraged people to submit their details now at the Adani Mining website.
A spokesman for Adani said the company would favour local people from the Mackay and Whitsunday areas.
“As part of our local procurement policy, we will also maximise Australian participation by sourcing, where possible, from regional Queensland and Australian businesses,” he said.
“We recognise the need to make a positive contribution to the communities in which we operate.
The project will be hiring for coal exploration, coal mining, rail construction and operations, infrastructure construction, and port expansion and operations.