Oct 05, 2017

Councils chip in for coal mine infrastructure

Councils chip in for coal mine infrastructure

Townsville City Council and Rockhampton Regional Council will invest more than $30 million in infrastructure at the Carmichael coal mine to service fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers to the Galilee Basin.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said advice from KPMG indicated the deal would generate $90 million a year in new economic activity for 30 years in Townsville.

“We have further secured commitments requiring Adani to source a third of mine and infrastructure construction workers from Townsville which will mean up to another 1200 local jobs,” she said.

“This is fantastic news for the city, and offers new hope to those left without jobs when QNI closed its gates almost two years ago.

“This investment will deliver long term financial returns for the city.”

Cr Hill said guaranteed ongoing positions included up to 750 FIFO jobs and up to 150 permanent positions at Adani’s Townsville Headquarters, opened earlier this year.

The deal also includes a new income stream for the city through a new fee-for-service drug and alcohol testing facility at Townsville Airport for workers travelling to the region.

Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow (pictured) said the agreement with Adani guaranteed a third of the Carmichael project construction jobs and half of the ongoing operational jobs would be sourced from Rockhampton.

“This is a defining moment for Rockhampton that will change the face of our region for generations to come,” Cr Strelow said.

“The influx of more than 1,700 new jobs will be a massive driver for our local economy and the benefits extend to more than just employment – it’s more money being spent in our shops and more people living in our region.

“This deal secures a third of the construction workforce – more than 1,100 jobs – to be based out of Rockhampton with another 625 ongoing jobs to be based here once the mine is operational.

“It’s up to us a community now to make sure that we make the most of this opportunity. Council has been pouring resources and effort into working beside workers and businesses with the Gear Up Rocky initiative and we have no intention of stopping now.

Queensland building company Wagners is set to oversee construction of the Carmichael airport as well as airport operations.


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