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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Anthony Lynham

    Queensland economic boost from $2.6 billion bauxite investment

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Anthony Lynham

    Friday, November 27, 2015

    Queensland economic boost from $2.6 billion bauxite investment

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has welcomed the announcement of a $2.6 billion development of one of the world’s largest bauxite deposits in Cape York.

    Rio Tinto’s Amrun project, 40km south of Weipa, will include the construction of a mine and port to expand production and extend the life of the company’s existing Weipa operations. 

    Premier Palaszczuk said at the peak of construction the project was expected to provide work for 1100 people, with an average construction workforce of 600 people over the three years. 

    “This announcement is an enormous boost to Queensland’s economy and will provide jobs for up to 40 years,” Ms Palaszczuk said. 

    “Once operational, the Amrun mine will support the continued employment of the current 1400 strong workforce based in Weipa, as well as more than 2000 employees based at the Yarwun and Queensland Aluminium Limited refineries in Gladstone that are fed with bauxite from Cape York.” 

    The project involves an open-cut mine, processing plant and bauxite stockpiles, a power station, warehouses, well as new barge, ferry, and ship loading facilities.

    “Weipa is an outstanding example of the benefits mining can provide in remote locations. One in four employees are indigenous people and one in four are women. 

    “Last year the operation contributed more than $100 million to the economy in taxes and royalties and paid around $160 million in employee contributions including wages and superannuation. 

    “With this investment by Rio Tinto, these benefits will continue for many decades to come,” Ms Palaszczuk said. 

    The construction and operation of the mine are subject to rigorous environmental controls, as part of the approvals granted by the Queensland and Commonwealth Governments. 

    Weipa has been the heart of Queensland’s bauxite mining industry for more than 50 years and supplies the raw product used to produce 10 per cent of the world’s aluminium. 

    Amrun mine will have an initial production rate of 22.8 million tonnes per year, with options for future expansion to 50 million tonnes. It is expected to begin shipping bauxite to the Gladstone refineries and to customers in Asia in 2019. 

    Amrun will replace production from the depleting East Weipa mine and it will increase overall bauxite exports from Cape York by around 10 million tonnes a year. 

    Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the new mine underscored northern Queensland’s reputation as a proven mineral resource area. 

    “This is more good news for northern Queensland, on top of the recent North East Gas Interconnector gas pipeline to Mount Isa,” he said. 

    “Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General has been working closely with Rio Tinto to achieve the project’s green light.” 

    Work is expected to start on site establishment next month. 

    The construction workforce will stay on-site in workers’ accommodation. 

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