MMG has begun recruiting the first of hundreds of jobs at its Dugald River zinc mine in Queensland, targeting local employment from Cloncurry, Mt Isa and Townsville.
More than 40 positions are being advertised for maintenance workers, plant and process operators, and service crews, with the project expected to employ up to 400 people when it is fully operational.
The Dugald project, located around 85km north east of Mt Isa, has undeveloped zinc-lead-silver deposits with a resource of 53 million tonnes. At its peak, it is expected to produce around 160,00 tonnes of zinc per annum.
Natural resources and mines minister Anthony Lynham said MMG is focusing on local employment from areas such as Cloncurry and Mt Isa, with Townsville residents also able to apply.
He added that the company selected Townsville as the FIFO commute base for additional worker needs.
Last year, Barminco secured a five-year contract extension to provide a full suite of mining services at the project worth up to $270 million.
Production at Dugald is set to begin during the the first half of 2018.