QLD coal mine opts for mainly FIFO/DIDO workforce

The proposed half-a-billion dollar Minyango underground mine south of Blackwater will not hire permanent contractors.

The proposed half-a-billion dollar Minyango underground mine south of Blackwater will not hire permanent contractors.

There are 500 jobs on offer for each period of peak construction and operational workforces but the mine will offer 75 full-time jobs for Blackwater or Emerald residents.

The rest of the workforce will be DIDO and FIFO when the longwall, bord and pillar operations commence, CQNews reported.

Employees at Cook Colliery mine can apply for internal transfers.

The greenfield project will generate seven million tonnes of coking and thermal coal a year and infuse $40 million a year into the Central Highlands economy, an Environmental Impact Statement said.

"The project will generate an average of $81 million in income in Queensland during each year of construction," the EIS stated.

"At full production, the project is expected to generate $374m in income in Queensland annually, with $140m in the CQ region.

"Of this, $40m is expected to accrue in the Central Highlands LGA each year."

Employees at Caledon Resources' Cook Colliery were given a June 1 deadline to improve mine efficiencies or face huge job cuts.

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