Up to 500 new jobs could be created in the future as underground shaft hoisting operations get set to commence at Glencore’s Ernest Henry Mine near Cloncurry. The mine extension will see operations transition from open pit mining to underground shaft mining.
Mines Minister Andrew Cripps opened the new mine extension today saying, “The $589 million commitment to continue to grow the mine will provide a major boost to Queensland’s economy and has secured jobs that would not have otherwise existed,” Mr Cripps said.
“The transition to underground shaft mining will see mine operations extended to at least 2026 and will provide jobs for more than 500 employees and contractors.
“This extension will double production to around six million tonnes of ore per annum in 2015, producing 50,000 tonnes of copper and 70,000 ounces of gold in concentrate.
“Mining is now a larger employer of full-time workers in the State than both the agricultural or hospitality sectors, which highlights the importance of the sector to Queensland families as well as economic growth.”