Plan to secure long-term future of Glenden

Published Friday, 25 August, 2023 at 03:49 PM

Minister for Resources
The Honourable Scott Stewart

  • The future of Glenden and hundreds of jobs at Byerwen coal mine have been secured.
  • QCoal will be required to transition all its workers into Glenden
  • QCoal will be allowed to operate a temporary workers camp at its Byerwen coal mine.

Parliament has passed legislation to secure the viability of Glenden in Central Queensland.

Under the legislative changes, QCoal will be granted a mining lease to operate a temporary workers camp for its Byerwen coal mine.

However, the company will be required to move workers out of the camp and progressively house them in Glenden from 2025, with no workers to remain at the camp after 2029.

The Queensland Government will work with all stakeholders to develop an implementation plan in the first six months.

Quotes attributable to Resources Minister, Scott Stewart:

“As a Government, we always want to see rural Queensland towns benefit economically and socially from the resource projects that operate in their backyard.

“I understand why people are so passionate about Glenden and its long-term future.

“This plan will mean QCoal can continue production at Byerwen knowing that their workforce has accommodation options.

“But this also secures the long-term viability of Glenden, because QCoal will have to house their workers in the town.

“This issue is extremely complex, and I want to thank QCoal and the Isaac Regional Council for their input to this issue.”

Further information.

Glenden is a purpose-built mining community constructed in 1981 by the then owners of the Newlands Coal Mine (now Glencore) to house its employees.

The Byerwen Mine is an open-cut coal mine and has an expected life span of 50 years and could potentially support up to 920 employees at peak production.