Linc’s Blair Athol relaunch to create 250 local coal jobs

Linc Energy will release plans detailing the reopening of the Blair Athol coal mine within the next four weeks.

Linc Energy will release plans detailing the reopening of the Blair Athol coal mine within the next four weeks.

Acquiring the Queensland mine from Rio Tinto earlier this month Michael Mapp, Linc Energy's head of coal, said the company will look to source workers locally for over 100 positions. 

According to The Morning Bulletin, the company will now be looking to fill more than 250 coal mining jobs without a FIFO workforce.

"We're sourcing locally from the local skill set which is definitely in Clermont and we'll be hiring them," Mapp said.

Linc has already launched the recruitment process.

"They're in the swing of things now and we'll be addressing the community within four weeks," Mapp said.

He said sourcing its workforce locally will provide new opportunities for local contracting companies.

"This will give the contract companies from Clermont and the surrounding towns a chance to show their competitiveness," he said.

"They know the industry and the opportunity for them to prosper will be there, not just mining companies but catering as well because we'll be sourcing meals and similar things through the community."

Linc's executive general manager of operations Jason O'Rourke will be arriving in Clermont shortly.

"Jason will head to Clermont and he will be running through the recruitment and management process with the locals to see how they feel, see how it will all work and then we can get started," he said.

"Hopefully the town will be on board.

"This is going to be great for the town, we're looking at Clermont as a great place to start up and grow our company so they'll be helping us just as much as we'll be helping them hopefully."

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