BREAKING 2pm: Mines Minister Stirling Hinchliffe says he has sent a clear message to an Indian billionaire that as many Queenslanders as possible should work on his proposed $10b mine near Clermont.
A $10.1 billion Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project, around 160km North West of Clermont, is being developed in the Galilee Basin by Indian billionaire Gautam Adani.
The Courier Mail reported today that mining magnates like Adani were lobbying the federal government to allow thousands of unskilled foreign workers to be flown in to fill job shortages in outback Queensland.
Adani propose to establish rail facilities and coal mines capable of producing 60 million tonnes of coal per annum, mostly to service the Indian domestic power market.
Around 5,000 workers would be needed to construct this project and around 4,000 workers will be needed to support this project in its operational phase.
"The Adani proposal is still being developed, with significant work to be done in terms of its regulatory and environmental approvals,'' Mr Hinchliffe said in response to the CM report.
"Should the project go ahead, we're determined to ensure as many Queenslanders as possible can work on the project," Minister Hinchliffe said.
"I've given a very clear message to the companies involved, including Mr Adani directly, that we have a very high expectation about the role Queenslander workers will play in these projects.
He said first and foremost, the Bligh Labor Government was working to ensure every Queenslander had the opportunity to benefit from the boom.
"And that includes ensuring Queenslanders have the right skills to take advantage of these opportunities.
"There are thousands of vacancies on the books in the resources sector and we want to give Queensland jobseekers every chance to fill those jobs and share in the boom times.
"We're looking at 38,000 jobs in mining and construction over the next few years and we want to give as many Queenslanders as possible the chance to carve out a career in the resources sector.
More than 40,000 Queenslanders have attended the Queensland Jobs Expos, to find out more about the resources sector including the types of jobs in high demand and how they can match their skills or learn new ones to get a foot in the door learn more about the skills they'll need to get work in industry.
"With our Jobs Expos and our free Resources 101 courses, we're giving Queensland jobseekers the best possible chance to take up the many opportunities on offer," the minister said.