Four new mines inspectors are starting work this fortnight at Rockhampton, Mackay and Mount Isa.
Acting Mines Minister Mark Ryan said the four new recruits had boosted the ranks of Queensland’s coal and metalliferous mine and quarry inspectors to 46.
“The safety and the health of our 70,000 resource workers is paramount and our mine inspectors need to be close to where the mines are,” Mr Ryan said.
“Two out of three of our inspectors are in regional Queensland because that’s where most of the mines are.”
Mr Ryan said the new inspectors came with strong mining engineer credentials and including a combined 122 years of mining experience between them.
The inspectors are due to begin their roles in the coming fortnight with two starting at Rockhampton on January 20 and February 3, one inspector in Mackay and one in Mt Isa whom are both starting on February 3.