Mine will create up to 300 construction jobs
THE expansion of the Curragh mine at Blackwater will create up to 300 construction jobs, it was revealed this week.
The deal between Stanwell Corporation and Wesfarmers will also create 90 full-time positions in a long-term boost for the Central Queensland economy.
Wesfarmers currently employs 480 at the mine and the construction of the new coal handling and preparation plant by 2011 will create the additional 90 jobs.
The expansion is expected to increase annual exports of metallurgical coal from the mine to 8.3 million tonnes from about current levels of 6.5 to 7 million tonnes.
Queensland treasurer Andrew Fraser said the expansion would produce export royalties through to 2025.
“This agreement creates jobs, earns export income and financially benefits all Queenslanders through royalties,” he said.
“The deal allows coal from Stanwell’s excess reserves to be mined by Wesfarmers, with Stanwell to share in the revenue generated from exporting the coal.”
The expansion will also pump an extra $18 million a year in export royalties into state coffers.
Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten said it was great news for the region.