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6000 jobs get green light at Australia's biggest coal mine

MORE than 6000 jobs will be created by the Carmichael Coal and Rail Project, which was given the green light yesterday.

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt approved the $16.5billion mining project, subject to 36 of the "absolute strictest" conditions.

The Adani project will be Australia's biggest coal mine, covering 200 square kilometres north-west of Clermont and producing about 60million tonnes of coal a year.

The project, which was approved by the Queens- land Government in May, will generate an estimated 2475 construction jobs and a further 3920 jobs during the operations phase.

Rockhampton Regional Council's business enterprise committee chairman Cr Neil Fisher said discussions with Adani suggested the workforce would be sourced from the Central Queensland region, rather than cities like Cairns or the Gold Coast.

He said Rockhampton Airport was also being considered as one of the regional hub points for fly-in, fly-out workers.

"This is very encouraging," he said.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry echoed Cr Fisher's positive outlook.

"The employment boost for the area is going to be massive," she said.

"We've had this big downturn in mining and I think this is just going to be a wonderful thing for the whole of Central Queensland."

CARMICHAEL MINE

$16.5 billion project

Six open-cut pits and up to five underground mines

189km railway line from the mine to Moranbah, where it will join the existing Goonyella rail system

Resource value of $5 billion per annum over 60 years

2475 construction jobs, 3920 operational jobs

Will produce about 70 million tonnes of coal a year

Expected to contribute $2.97 billion to Queensland economy each year for next 60 years

Estimated to provide electricity for up to 100 million people in India

Mr Hunt said a "rigorous, open and thorough" environmental assessment process was undertaken.

He said the conditions were focused on conserving groundwater, such as requiring 730 megalitres of water be returned to the Great Artesian Basin every year for five years.

This was one of the major concerns of the Independent Expert Scientific Committee (IESC), which was set up in 2012 to advise state and federal governments.

Adani has previously stated construction would start as soon as possible, but there was no update on a commencement date available yesterday.

JOBS IN DEMAND

Construction jobs will be required to build and maintain: road upgrades, dams and pipelines, workshops, quarries, power transmission and accommodation for workers.

Operational jobs include: engineers, surveyors, rail operators, electricians, miners, geoscientists, technicians, diesel fitters and mechanics, welders and a variety of other service jobs.

Topics:  adani, carmichael coal mine, coal, mining




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