25,000 new jobs for Galilee Basin coal mines and Abbot Point port expansion - iMINCO Mining Training Information

25,000 new jobs for Galilee Basin coal mines and Abbot Point port expansion

The Galilee Basin is set to create 25,000 new jobs with new mines being developed by Hancock Coal, Waratah Coal, Adani, and several other companies “ and a major expansion of the Abbot Point export terminal and associated infrastructure.

In addition to new mines, six companies have announced major expansion projects “ BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Anglo, Vale, Xstrata and Peabody.

And $1billion a year will be spent by the North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation for eight years to convert the Abbot Point terminal into a 12-berth port so it can handle coal exports which will increase from the current 20Mtpa (million tonne per annum) to 320Mtpa.

The opening up of the Galilee Basin is a tremendous opportunity for the Whitsunday region, Enterprise Whitsundays CEO Andrei Koeppen said yesterday.

The mining activity will bring with it demand for housing, food, transport, services and recreation.

The boom is expected to create 25,000 new jobs for the region when the building of new infrastructure is taken into consideration, Mr Koeppen said.


Rail link to unlock new coal mining exports and jobs

Construction of the “missing rail link” connecting the Galilee Basin to Abbot Point would unlock a new Queensland coal resource with BHP Billiton being given the capacity to export 50-60Mtpa, Hancock Coal getting 60Mtpa, and other companies being allocated 180Mtpa.

The Abbot Point expansion will provide significant economic benefit to both Mackay and Townsville and would create 2700 direct full-time jobs and almost 7000 flow-on jobs in Queensland during peak construction.

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  1. Beau woldhuis May 19, 2015 Reply

    My name is beau,
    I’m looking for work out in the mines I have 2 years experience in the mining, contracting to a few mines building panel water tanks,
    Currently working at my qualified job stonemasonary until i get in the mines.
    Tickets I have-
    Confined space, W@H, EWP, LV 4×4 ticket, coal board medical, standard 11

    Beau woldhuis

    • Author
      John May 21, 2015

      Hi Beau and thanks for your question. I guess like most people, they are a little stuck as to how to make the first move into a mining job. One thing that stands out for you Beau, is you have the qualifications mining companies are looking for, especially in Queensland. You already have your Standard 11 and coal board medical as well as Confined Spaces and Work at Heights qualifications too. Now all you have to do is decide what you want to do. With your experience, you may have to start as a TA and work your way up. Or you could apply for process operator jobs like working in a CHPP, or similar facility. Also, it depends on where you live, how close to the mining regions are you? Would you be looking to FIFO or DIDO? Can you work away from home on a long roster? Are you married or single? All of these basic considerations are the building blocks of what to do next. Of course, you can simply start to sign up for job alerts from the mining jobs boards, and there are a lot of them. Jobs boards like SEEK, Career One, My Career, Indeed etc are good examples of online jobs websites that allow you to search for the types of jobs you want to do (and are qualified to do),then create email alerts to get these jobs in your email in-box every week, or even daily. Working out your personal circumstances and your ability to commit to different types of working environments determines the types of jobs you can go for.

      This is where I would start first. Then all you have to do is make certain your resume is up to date and it is in Word format, don’t send in a PDF version of your resume because it may get rejected. And… the golden rule is, you must be able to customise your resume to the job being advertised. It’s no use sending the same resume for different types of jobs,because each job has different requirements and criteria, so your resume has to match the format of the job ad (very important).

      If you follow some of those tips, you’ll be well on your way to figuring out what works best for you.

      Good luck with the job hunt

      iMINCO Mining Information
      r.e. I’m looking for work in the mines.

  2. Kim May 21, 2012 Reply

    I have qualifications in the health industry, and study several degrees in uni, such as bachelor of science maj. chem, and sports science. Also have experience in a range of jobs.
    I was wondering if a criminal record would prevent empoyment in the mines.
    Also my vision is impaired but is corrected by contact lenses will this effect medical.

  3. Charles Poulsen August 19, 2011 Reply

    Hi my name is Charles Poulsen im a marine mechanic working on petrol & diesel engines for over 25 yrs we will be relocating to Bowen on the 1st of October is there any opportunities for work for me at abbot point ?

  4. Luke Fewings July 20, 2011 Reply

    My name is Luke and i looking for permanent work as a excavator operator. any chance you could send me in the right direction of what i need to get into mine and where to start looking for a job?

    • Pete - iMINCO July 22, 2011

      Hi Luke,
      To start working in the mines there is a couple of things you will need. Firstly if you already have your excavator ticket, you will need to see if that is transferable into Black Coal Competency. Also you will need to do a RRTO mining induction. This is a general induction into the mines and is recommended to get even before you start applying for jobs. Most jobs also require you to get a Coal Board medical to make sure you are fit and healthy to enter the mine.
      Pete iMINCO
      re: Getting a job in the mines

  5. Ray Scott May 3, 2011 Reply

    My name is ray Scott amd i am working with EDMS in Mackay . Our Contract will be complete next month and i will be seeking any Boilermaking or Welding positions. Could you please inform me of any positions that may be available. Thanks Regards Ray PH 04885230**

  6. Alan Anderlini May 3, 2011 Reply

    I am looking for permanent work as a Boilermaker/ Welder. Could you please keep me informed on any new Jobs. Regards . Alan

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