Cloncurry Shire Council has said it will push to keep jobs local following the completion of a new mine in Queensland.
The joint venture between Altona Mining and Sichuan Railway Investment Group has been finalised to create a $330 million open pit gold and copper mine near Cloncurry.
The mine is expected to have a lifespan of 11 years, creating 300 construction jobs and 280 ongoing positions.
Mayor of Cloncurry Greg Campbell, said the project could benefit the state’s whole north west region, in a report by the ABC.
“Definitely the community can absorb some of the workers already and if the rosters are set up right there’s no reason why there couldn’t be a drive in, drive out roster…supporting Gulf communities or supporting Mount Isa as well,” he said.
“We’ve always known that Cloncurry is the hub of the North-West Minerals Province and now we’ve just got to work with these mining companies now to to make sure that they get the right level of local employment on the mine sites, whatever they can buy locally, that they support our local businesses and support our local economy.”
Another project northwest of Cloncurry, the Dugald River zinc mine, is also set to create more jobs in the region; with 600 jobs during construction and 400 during operations.