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    Acting Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Bill Byrne

    Queensland firm wins $70 million Rio Tinto contract, 150 new jobs

    Acting Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Bill Byrne

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    Queensland firm wins $70 million Rio Tinto contract, 150 new jobs

    The Palaszczuk Government has welcomed Queensland-based civil engineering firm QBirt securing a $70 million bulk earthworks contract for Rio Tinto’s $2.6 billion Amrun Bauxite project on Cape York resulting in 150 new jobs for the State.

    “The Palaszczuk Government has worked closely with Rio Tinto to create jobs and strengthen the Queensland economy through new major projects such as $2.6 billion Amrun project (previously known as South of the Embley project), which is developing one of the world’s largest bauxite deposits in Cape York,” Acting Minister for State Development Bill Byrne said.

    “Since being declared a prescribed project, Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General has been monitoring all approvals the proponent requires and facilitating the timely delivery of approval processes.

    “The Coordinator-General also approved a number of key change requests from the proponent.

    “This project builds on Rio Tinto’s long-standing existing operations in Gladstone and Weipa which have supplied the raw product used to produce 10 per cent of the world’s aluminium,” he said.

    Once operational, the Amrun project 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 effects of this on the Queensland economy include:

    • direct and indirect local, regional and indigenous employment and training opportunities
    • local and regional contracting and supply opportunities for individuals and businesses
    • enhanced economic development opportunities throughout North Queensland

    “The awarding of this contract continues QBirt’s association with Rio Tinto after previously winning the contract for 300,000m3 of embankment and seven kilometres of mine haul roads.”

    Mine shipments are anticipated to commence in 2019.

    ENDS

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