Clermont could reap the benefits of having another coal mine nearby, should a $10 billion project get the green light.
Clermont could reap the benefits of having another coal mine nearby, should a $10 billion project get the green light. Supplied

'Mining tycoon to pay his dues'

CLERMONT businessman Paul Breckon is awaiting a proposed $10 billion coalmine and rail project that could bring more than 11,000 jobs to Central Queensland.

However, the president of the Clermont Progress Association said if the mine received the green light, the mining tycoon behind it must remember to pay his dues to the town.

Although the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project in the Galilee Basin, 160km north-west of Clermont, has been deemed “a significant project” by Premier Anna Bligh, it must pass a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement to assess the scheme's environmental, economic and social impacts.

The mine is the project of Indian company Adani Mining, owned by Indian billionaire Gautam Adani.

Mining giant Rio Tinto has an operation 10km from Clermont and it has ensured more than half of its employees live in the town.

It has also continued to fund the community.

“Rio has put an awful lot of time and money into this town and a new mining company needs to do the same,” said Mr Breckon, who owns a steel fabrication business.

But he conceded the controversial fly-in, fly-out system for workers might be necessary as the mine is so far away.

His business partner, Tony Whittred, said these were exciting times for the region.

“As a community we're getting ready for the future, organising affordable housing and industrial land.

“It's going to be incredible, it will be a real boom for the town.”

The mine will require 4000 people for construction and require a permanent operational workforce of up to 5000 employees.

In addition, the railway could employ 2000 people during construction and an operational workforce of 120.

Although earmarked by the Premier, the mine has to compete with a lengthy list of mining projects.

The mine will fall into the reach of Isaac, Mackay and Whitsunday councils.

Isaac Mayor Cedric Marshall will have a meeting with Adani Mining next Tuesday.

PROPOSED CQ MINE PROJECTS

Hancock $7.9 billion Alpha Coal Project open-cut mine and 495km rail line

Hancock $6.5 billion Kevin's Corner Project open cut and underground mine

Waratah Coal $7 billion Galilee Coal Project open cut mine and rail line

AMCI and Bandanna Energy $1.5 billion South Galilee Coal Project coal mine



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