CQ mine extension shows confidence in state’s resources sector

Published Thursday, 01 September, 2022 at 01:13 PM

Minister for Resources
The Honourable Scott Stewart

More than 700 mining jobs will continue to be supported after a Central Queensland steel-making metallurgical coal mine extension was given the green light.

Resources Minister Scott Stewart said the extension of Carborough Downs mine near Moranbah would increase the mine’s lifespan by another 11 years and support its large workforce helping continue good jobs for Queenslanders.

“The Carborough Downs mine is a significant employer and economic contributor for the Isaac region and this extension ensures the future stability of those jobs,” Mr Stewart said.

“This investment is a strong vote of confidence in Queensland resources sector, including our state’s large deposits of high-quality steelmaking coal.

“Importantly, this extension will create flow on economic benefits for the entire Isaac region, from tools, safety and workwear suppliers right through to our pubs, café’s and accommodation providers.”

“Queensland offers a great lifestyle and having good jobs available in the regions is an important way to sustain this.”

Carborough Downs is an underground metallurgical coal mine which is owned and operated by Fitzroy Australia.

The mine currently supports about 700 employees, with nearly 70 per cent of its workforce being local or drive in, drive out workers.

Coal production from the mine’s extension is expected to begin within the next 12 months.

Mr Stewart said the Palaszczuk Government will continue to support the resources sector for the royalties and jobs it generates, particularly in regional Queensland.

“The resources industry directly supports about 77,000 jobs across the state, particularly in the regions, which account for around two-thirds of all mining jobs,” he said.

“Queensland is naturally blessed with the world’s highest quality metallurgical coal, which the world needs to make steel.

“Even as the world transitions to renewables, metallurgical coal for steel will remain an essential, and valuable, international export commodity for Queensland.”