Prime Minister Tony Abbott to open BMA’s Caval Ridge mine

BMA is officially opening its new Caval Ridge coal mine in Moranbah today and Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be in attendance.

Caval Ridge mine has the capacity to produce 5.5 million tonnes of hard coking coal a year, and was built at an estimated cost of $4.2billion.

With an operational workforce of more than 500 people, the mine has seen controversy over its decision to employ a wholly fly-in-fly-out workforce instead of hiring from within the local community.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry, who has campaigned against the 100 per cent FIFO policy, will also be at the opening of the mine site.

BMA has previously defended the move to operate Caval Ridge with a remote workforce, stating it needed access to a diverse workforce.

Liberal MP George Christensen is planning to meet with the miner to discuss staffing issues.

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