New mill cements work opportunities

ALMOST half the workers made redundant at Cement Australia’s Rockhampton plant have been re-employed in Gladstone.

Sixteen workers have accepted positions at Gladstone’s new cement mill, which was officially launched yesterday and is now Australia’s biggest.

Former Rockhampton site manager Paul Wilson said it was a “huge shock” when the announcement was made earlier this year.

However, now Maintenance and Engineering manager at the new Gladstone mill, the Cement Australia employee of 26 years said it was a blessing in disguise.

“The equipment we are working with now is much bigger and more modern,” Mr Wilson said.

Cement Australia chief executive officer Chris Leon said the new mill effectively doubled the capacity of the existing facility, producing 900,000 tonnes of quality and locally manufactured cement.

“The new mill will ensure that all of our cement supplied to the central and northern Queensland region is locally manufactured using local resources and labour,” Mr Leon said.

A $1 billion cement kiln to be built at the site is also under consideration.



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