DIGGING IN: A photo of the Callide Mine. When fully developed, the Carmichael Mine will be the largest coal mine in Queensland with a life expectancy of 90 years.
DIGGING IN: A photo of the Callide Mine. When fully developed, the Carmichael Mine will be the largest coal mine in Queensland with a life expectancy of 90 years. Andrew Thorpe

Wide Bay ‘hub’ for mine project

WITH two jet-equipped airports, a skilled workforce and lifestyle the envy of most, the Wide Bay Burnett remains the perfect hub for potential workers for Adani's Carmichael Coal mega mine.

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett has compiled a Workforce Capability Statement that shows the region is the ideal destination for resource sector workers to "live here and work there".

RDA WBB chair Bill Trevor said the organisation had committed significant resources to complete a range of studies surrounding the resource sector, with a particular emphasis on fly in, fly out opportunities in the Galilee Basin of Central Queensland.

"The Wide Bay Burnett has a potential pool of more than 28,000 skilled workers whose qualifications match those required by current and future resource sector projects," Mr Trevor said.

"The largest population base outside of south-east Queensland, the Wide Bay Burnett currently has 3000 existing resource sector workers, predominantly drive in, drive out employees and contractors."

More than 85% of the region's resource sector workers travel by road up to 10hrs each way to site.

"Of those, 88% of the respondents in our studies stated they were willing to change employers to access a FIFO opportunity from their nearest home airport base."

Fraser Coast Mayor Chris Loft said he was delighted Adani chose Maryborough to hold their indigenous land use agreement meeting last week and encouraged the Indian mining giant to consider Wide Bay as a FIFO hub.

Cr Loft said Fraser Coast Regional Council would be supporting RDA Wide Bay Burnett in its attempt to secure Bundaberg or Hervey Bay Airport as FIFO hubs if the Carmichael Mine continued to progress.

When fully developed, the Carmichael Mine will be the largest coal mine in Queensland with a life expectancy of 90 years.

Job seekers should visit www.rdajobs.com.au



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