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Central Qld coal mine celebrates 80 years

Callide coal mine
Coal mine

A resources operation continued to supply Queensland for eight decades.

Batchfire Resources and previous owners recently commemorated the 80th anniversary since opening the Callide Coal Mine, 115km southwest of Gladstone.

“To have operated continually for 80 years is a tremendous achievement for Callide Mine, both under the management of Batchfire Resources and the previous responsible owners of this productive operation,” Batchfire CEO Allan Fidock said in a public statement.

“At a time when coal was considered to be of low value early pioneers like the Thiess Brothers saw value where others did not, understanding that the energy needs of Queensland would require a solution like Callide mine’s thermal coal.”

A family day will be held at the mine site sometime in September 2024 to support everyone who works for the operation.

“Around 85 per cent of our workforce resides within the Callide Valley and always has, so we want to take the opportunity to acknowledge the families behind the scenes that support their family members who are responsible for keeping around 15 to 18 per cent of the lights on across Queensland,” general manager operations Scott Haynes said.

Employees previously joined the Mining and Energy Union in each seeking wage increases of between $10,000 and $20,000 a year, through a Same Job Same Pay application submitted to the Fair Work Commission.

The site employs about 560 production operators, 60 per cent of whom are engaged through labour hire companies. Only 224 are directly employed by the proponent.

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