Council backs earthmoving training

ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council yesterday unanimously approved an earthmoving training facility on Mount Chalmers Road – pending full endorsement at the next council meeting.

The facility, to be located on Mount Chalmers Road, will train people aiming for a career in the mining industry.

Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee Cr Brett Svendsen said training would be offered for rear dump trucks, graders, excavators, bulldozers and loaders.

He said it was what was needed to service the mining industry and would add value to the whole region.

“(The training facility) will provide the necessary skills for people to gain the appropriate tickets in the operation of earthmoving equipment,” he said.

“Through the establishment of this training facility it will not only service the mining industry, but will expand our region’s service delivery to this integral service sector.”

Cr Svendsen said there was also a likelihood that the facility would attract people from outside the region which could have a significant boost to the local economy if money was spent locally.

Council has included strict conditions to address concerns raised by local residents regarding the possible noise and dust impacts to the surrounding area.

These conditions include adequate separation distances and buffer zones which will reduce any impacts to an acceptable level, and a water truck will be operational on site for training purposes and to reduce dust levels.

Cr Svendsen said Mt Chalmers Road was the most suitable area for the facility as it was not in an urban area and would create some jobs in the region.

“It will be a brilliant facility and I’m looking forward to getting it going,” he said.

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