The Rockhampton region may see itself placed in the box seat to service the expansion of the Galilee Basin coal industry, according to resource industry spokesman for the local council, Neil Fisher.
Komatsu’s recent $3.7 billion acquisition of Joy Global was forecast to see the manufacturing equipment business double in size, creating a stronger core mining business nationally, Cr Fisher said.
“Komatsu has also been announced as the supplier of haulage and other equipment to Adani’s proposed Carmichael Mine in the Galilee Basin.”
Additionally, during the April 2016 Bowen Basin Mining Club Luncheon, Komatsu revealed details of the next generation of Super Haulers to the Adani project.
Cr Fisher said the Komatsu 980E-4 dump truck would be the first of its type used in Australia and will dwarf all other equipment previously used within the resources industry.
“Locally, Joy Global has played a very strong role and is largely respected in the region’s resources industry, being one of the largest employers on the Parkhurst plant,” he said.
“It is progress such as this that is moving our region towards becoming the major hub for the supply of labour and services to the Galilee Basin.”
Cr Fisher said the council had worked to create opportunities within the resource industry, building relationships to not only the major mining companies but also suppliers such as Komatsu.
Rockhampton regional councillors attended the QME Expo in Mackay as well as high-level meetings with key stakeholders.
Cr Fisher said attendance at such events was vital for the region to help shape the foundations of economic prosperity in the future.