400 jobs to come with approval of new Queensland mine
THE mayor of Queensland's largest mining region has welcomed the Mount Hillalong Mine Project and the potential 400 new jobs it will deliver to the region.
Pending approvals, the open cut coal mine will deliver significant economic stimulus in the region and hundreds of new jobs to local workers.
LISTEN: Councillor speaks about 400 jobs for the region
Isaac Regional Council mayor Anne Baker said with recent job cuts, everyone is aware of the need for genuine employment opportunities across Isaac.
"The mine is located at Glenden and is 60km north-west of Nebo," she said.
"Around 75 per cent of the workforce is expected to come from the Isaac, Whitsunday and Mackay region.
"This is an excellent economic boost for local workers, their families and the Isaac region as a whole.
"I'm pleased the health and wellbeing of our communities will also feel the positive effects of this project.
"We will monitor the progress of the Mount Hillalong Coal Project and look forward to the potential benefits it will deliver our people and economy," Mayor Baker said.
Queensland Coal Exploration has submitted an environmental impact statement for the Hillalong Coal Project.
Subject to approvals, the environmental impact statement states construction will start in the second quarter of 2017 with the first coal exports scheduled for the first quarter of 2018.
The Mount Hillalong Coal Mine Project is located at Glenden, approximately 170km west of Mackay and 60km north-west of Nebo.