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Plenty of jobs available at $313m Central Queensland mine

Cockatoo Coal Baralaba Central

Central Queensland is a hive of mining activity and a fast-growing coal producer will soon start a major recruitment drive for its $313 million Central Queensland mine.

In the New Year Cockatoo Coal plans to hire 300 workers for its Baralaba Coal Mine, 150km west of Rockhampton.

The mine has been in voluntary administration since late 2015 and care and maintenance since early 2016. However, Banana Shire Council says the recent jump in coal prices has prompted Cockatoo Coal to return the paused mine to production in early 2017.

Mayor Nev Ferrier claims he spoke with the proponent, and they intent to employ up to 300 workers. Cr Ferrier predicts Cockatoo Coal will “start calling for job” applications in either January or February 2017.

The project still requires full approval from council, but Cr Ferrier is “confident” there will be no issues.

QMEB understands the company is so confident it has already called tenders for the gravel road and overpass on the Dawson Highway.

The mine is expected to move coal between Baralaba and Dawson Mine’s Wash Plant via rail.

No jobs are advertised yet on Cockatoo Coal’s website, but expressions of interest can still be made by emailing a resume and cover letter to recruitment@baralabacoal.com.au

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