The proponents of the new Ironbark No.1 coal mine have entered into a partnership with SES Labour Solutions for training, development and recruitment.
The State Government last month approved the mining lease for Fitzroy Australia Resources’ Ironbark No. 1 underground longwall development, 35km north-east of Moranbah.
It will to produce up to 6 million tonnes per annum run of mine coal, mostly hard coking coal, with first production expected from the first quarter of 2020.
SES Labour Solutions will deliver the cultural assessment, training requirements and recruitment activities needed for the development.
The project is expected to create more than 350 ongoing jobs for the region – 50 per cent of which have been earmarked for workers who are new to the mining industry.
Fitzroy chief executive officer Grant Polwarth described the SES Labour Solutions partnership as important in de-risking the development of Ironbark No.1.
“Employing some 350 new Fitzroy personnel is very exciting for our business and the region and it comes with both great opportunity and challenge,” he said.
“Partnering with SES Labour Solutions to not only help recruit and train our new workforce, but further enhance our culture and vision of being a people business that mines coal is another way of challenging industry norms.”
Fitzroy acquired the neighbouring Carborough Downs mine and Broadlea project from Brazilian mining giant Vale in November 2016, along with a portfolio of development and exploration projects including Ironbark.
SES Labour Solutions executive general manager Nathan Sharpe said that Fitzroy’s innovative practices and people-centric approach made the partnership a logical alignment.
“Fitzroy are a future market leader in the mining industry, always looking to push the boundaries on traditional mining methodology. What Fitzroy have achieved at Carborough Downs in such a short space of time is a remarkable result already,” he said.
“Their focus on people, and in particular, their desire to drive performance at individual and team levels, is second-to-none within the industry.
“The team at SES Labour Solutions is looking forward to working hand-in-hand with Fitzroy to bring new workers to Central Queensland and the mining industry, and ensuring that those individuals become part of high-performing teams which will yield wins for the mine, workers and the local community.”
Recruitment for the new underground mining roles is expected to begin in Q4 2019.