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Six other Queensland mines for workers to get excited about

WHILE the focus is well and truly on Adani's Carmichael Mine this week, there are a handful of other Queensland mines set to get off the ground in 2017.

The latest edition of Industry Queensland details a number of mining projects, separate to Adani, which are poised to begin, re-start or expand in the New Year.

Bauxite Hills (bauxite)

Metro Mining is poised to become one of the largest independent miners within the Weipa bauxite region.

Metro have the Bauxite Hills project 85km north of Weipa and have revealed plans to begin construction of a mine at Bauxite Hills next year which would provide a large boost to the local economy.

Thalanga (zinc)

Production at the Thalanga zinc project, which is located south-west of Charters Towers, is expected to re-start in the second half of 2017.

The Thalanga project, which is based on mining three deposits including West 45, Far West and Waterloo, is owned by Red River Resources who purchased the Thalanga processing plant and surrounding tenements from the administrators of failed miner Kagara's two years ago.

The project is expected to entail a capital cost of about $17.2 million.

The Olive Downs Package (coal)

While it's a little while off starting yet, the $120 million Olive Downs package mines in the Bowen Basin are expected to give the local economy a huge boost.

The package, owned by Australian company Pembroke Resources, include Olive Downs South, Willunga and the Olive Downs North site near Coppabella.

Olive Downs North, an open-cut mine, is expected to employ 250 people and could start within six months of gaining approval from the Japanese joint venture parties that maintained a minority stake in the asset.

Meanwhile, the Olive Downs South-Willunga project, which is expected to provide 1000 jobs, is hoped to start production in 2020.

Ravenswood Gold (gold)

The Ravenswood Gold project, located bout 100km south-west of Townsville, is poised for major expansion.

The $258 million expansion project, which involves the extension of Resolute's gold operations until 2029, was recently granted Prescribed Project status by the Queensland Government.

The project will protect 280 local jobs, create a further 100 construction jobs and increase average annual production to more than 120,000 ounces.

A spokesperson for Resolute said mining operations would cease in 2017 and to continue operating at Ravenswood, the company needs approvals for the Sarsfield operation in early 2017 and approvals for Buck Reef West by mid 2018.

The Prescribed Project status will help streamline this process.

Chillagoe Mining Projects (zinc)

According to Auctus Resources executive chairman Steve Murdoch, the Mungana and King Vol projects near Chillagoe could be off the ground as early as next month.

Auctus, who acquired the Mungana and King Vol projects in a takeover of Atherton Resources last year, is pumping $100m into the far-north Queensland into getting the operations online.

And, they're hiring.

As they prepare to enter production mode, Auctus are looking for workers for roles related to the processing plant operations and maintenance.

Mr Murdoch told IQ the Mungana mine had been dewatered, the decline rehabilitated and the development heading across the ore body was progressing while at the King Vol zinc site a portal has been completed and contractors are poised to start developing the decline next month. King Vol should be in production by next September.

Jobs are available here.

Lorena Gold (gold)

Production at the Lorena gold project near Cloncurry could start by next September.

Malachite Resources outlined a timeline for the project, which is expected to produce about 35,000 oz of gold over 18 months from an open-cut operation, on November 29.

Productions preparations should start mid-2017.

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