New coal mine jobs at Wilkie Creek mine

The new owners of a coal mine west of Toowoomba are planning to hire more than 120 locals to work at the operation in the coming months.

Sekitan Resources paid $10 million for the Wilkie Creek coal mine in July, at Maclister, after its former owners Peabody Energy closed down the operation in 2013.

A falling coal price combined with an operational review saw Peabody put the mine on the market; however it failed to attract a buyer.

However the new owner’s plan to reopen the mine and expand the workforce brings good news for the local community.

Trevor Bourne, CEO of Sekitan, told The Chronicle that the company will need to employ 126 workers, and these would come from the local area and not fly-in, fly-out.

"So we have over a billion tonnes of coal between the two assets," he said.

"Our plan is for three million tonnes per annum; up to five million and even greater if we are successful."

The plant is set to re-open later in the year with the mine returning to full capacity in 2016.

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