News

COMING: 1000 new CQ mine jobs in 2017

Coal generic Hay Point Coal Terminal stacker retriver
Coal generic Hay Point Coal Terminal stacker retriver Emily Smith

UPDATE: THERE'S 1000 new mining jobs in the pipeline for CQ.

How do you take advantage of the jobs which will soon be on offer in the mining industry?

mine graphic
mine graphic allan reinikka

CTC Labour Hire manager Darryl Lapworth said there were opportunities for everyone, even those who hadn't worked in the industry previously.

Those looking to apply for jobs in the early stages of new projects, such as Styx or Adani's Carmichael coal mine, would need a surface mine induction, as well as a white card which covers the construction industry.

Mr Lapworth said in the initial phases of these projects, companies would be looking to hire people to work in construction before any operational work could begin.

"They'll need labourers as well, but if you're a carpenter or a welder or those sorts of things you can get onto the sites,” he said.

Along with the surface mine induction, which is an introduction to coal mining, Mr Lapworth said anyone hoping to work in the industry would need a coal board medical.

These are used to assess workers' health, with a particular focus on preventing black lung disease.

Mr Lapworth said it would cost between $800 and $1500 to get the qualifications, but there are some subsidies in place.

It's not just mines where things are improving, with a number of flow-on industries like transport and logistics also hiring more people as coal production increases.

INITIAL: ALTHOUGH the resources industry has been on the decline, Rockhampton Councillor Neil Fisher believes 2017 will be the year of revival.

Council's resources spokesperson was pleasantly surprised to see media reports Mineralogy Pty Ltd companies Fairway Coal and Styx Coal had plans underway to develop the Styx Coal project, about 130 km north-west of Rockhampton.

It was a project which had been discussed for some time and one which Cr Fisher said had been "on the fringe” until coal prices started to make gains last year.

"With the current coal prices it's become very viable,” he said.

"I think this project will find a very strong niche in the area.

"It's got a number of real positives.”

Cr Fisher expects to see a number of jobs return to the resources sector this year, saying people would get "quite a few surprises with mines that were mothballed and will come back into play” in coming months.

"You're seeing the revival of the Australian mining companies,” Cr Fisher said.

"They're very small, lean and very focused on that mine getting maximum value for its product.”



Outrage as protesters vandalise Rocky shop fronts

The aftermath of anti-Adani mine protesters who vandalised a shop in Rockhampton

Councillor disappointed in actions of protesters

Closed-door discussion on Livingstone land acquistion

The preferred alignment for a shared bike/walking pathway linking Statue Bay, Kemp Beach, Rosslyn Bay and Mulambin Beach.

Confidential matter relates to shared pathways linking the Cap Coast

Tony Abbott hit CQ to talk jobs and power prices

Tony Abbott has toured central Queensland pushing his own “jobs first” power policy, while his own government is yet to finalise its position on the contentious topic. Picture: Hollie Adams/The Australian

The move by the ousted Liberal leader has frustrated some colleagues

Local Partners

Got 15 minutes spare? You could save a life

It was something Connor O'Driscoll had always meant to do, but never got around to booking an appointment for.


Your Chance to Win

A Holiday to Kingfisher Bay!
Learn More

Why crowds are loving Happy Kanye at Splendour

Danger Dave and Melissah Marie with the artwork Happy Kanye at Splendour in the Festival 2017.

By Barcelona-based artistic collective Hungry Castle

Amber Heard, Elon Musk among Splendour celebs

Bernard Fanning plays the main stage at Splendour in the Grass 2017 on day 2.

DAY TWO of Splendour in the Grass was the day of celebrities.

Iraq veteran provides PTSD hope for Rocky battlers

James Greenshield (right) was diagnosed with PTSD as a result of his military service overseas, particularly the incident where the armoured vehicle he was in was hit by a roadside bomb. His wife Kirsty (left) has been by his side as he battle PTSD afterwards and now they tour Australia sharing their story and the lessons they learned.

Veteran says PTSD needs healing as well as treating symptoms

Northern Rivers truckie takes on Ninja Warrior Grand Final

TRUCKIE turned Australian Ninja Warrior grand finalist Tom Hazell spent three years preparing for the grand final - on a home made course in his backyard.

Diana Chan crowned MasterChef's 2017 winner

MasterChef Australia's 2017 winner Diana Chan. Supplied by Channel 10.

MELBOURNE accountant comes out on top after 8-hour showdown.

Mini ninjas get into training

Gary Nowlan, 12, of Gawler East trains in X-Park at Bounce.

Kids as young as 12 are already dreaming of becoming Ninja Warriors

Families that game together, stay together?

Gaming is becoming an increasingly popular opportunity for family bonding, according to new studies.

More parents, grandparents turn to gaming to connect with kids

Michael Phelps just raced a shark

Sharks have been snapped surrounding the carcass of a whale off the coast of Fraser Island.

Swimming legend loses by a fin in man versus beast battle

REVIEW: The Bodyguard musical is a great night out

Kip Gamblin and Paulini in a scene from the musical The Bodyguard.

PAULINI tackles Whitney Houston's powerhouse songs flawlessly.

What 'intimidated' Chris Hemsworth's Thor while filming?

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has a new look in the third film.Source:Supplied

It looks like Chris Hemsworth met his match.

GUIDED TOUR: Video footage of hottest property in CQ right now

SUPER SALE: 13 Brumby Drive, Tanby, recently sold for full list price in just four days. INSET: Natalie Gesler and Jodi Schofield from @Real Estate.

Property on Capricorn Coast selling in as little as four days

'We’re goin' to Bonnie Doon!' and now you can too

How's the serenity?

The experience will have you exclaiming “how’s the serenity?”

New life for Bree and historic Oddfellows Hall

TWO CHANGES: Bree Dahl with her new baby Ivy in front of the historic Oddfellows Hall she purchased at auction and will renovate into a house.

Historic hall to be turned into home

Financial scandal destroys alternative community

Families who gave thousands to be a part of an alternative community at Mt Burrell, west of Murwillumbah, are now trying to recover their investment. Picture: Jamie Hanson

Dream Utopia turns into a nightmare