A coal producer has made it to the final hurdle for its $90 million mining development in Central Queensland.
Stanmore Coal has secured prescribed project status from the State Government for its Isaac Downs Coal Project, 145km southwest of Mackay.
This status will help the proponent navigate through the final steps of regulatory approval and fast-track future development at the project. It enables State Coordinator-General Barry Broe to intervene in the approvals process to ensure timely decision-making as required.
This means construction could start sometime in early 2021 and finish before the end of that same year. QMEB can reveal this phase will create 250 jobs, from which 88 per cent are expected to be transferred from the existing Isaac Plains Mining Complex. A further 80 operational jobs will be available throughout the mine’s 16-year lifespan.
Current vacancies include:
- mining engineer
- dragline operator
- mining superintendent.
Successful applicants will be offered a rotating roster of either eight days on six days off or seven days on seven days off, working between 12 and 12.5 hours each day or night shift. Camp accommodation, meals, weekly pay, superannuation, personal protective equipment and permanent work opportunities will be provided.
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“The project will enhance ongoing employment and community opportunities in the local district in a business environment affected by COVID-19,” Stanmore CEO Craig McCabe said in a public statement.
“The prescribed project declaration will assist in securing timely approvals for the project, whilst providing high standards of environmental protection.”