Labour hire firms target Townsville to fill coal roles
Townsville has been the focus of mining recruitment as the hunt continues to fill about 200 labour hire roles at BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance`s Saraji and Peak Downs coal mines in the Bowen Basin.
BMA has confirmed the first wave of around 40 FIFO workers from Townsville are on the ground and ready for work.
Initially, the workforce will be working to remove the overburden at the two mines.
A BMA spokesman said 200 haul truck mining jobs were sourced out of Townsville and were among a large volume of roles they had been looking to fill for a while.
“In the State Government`s 2016 budget update, the Townsville region was identified as having one of the highest unemployment rates in regional Queensland, so this was a logical choice to find qualified haul truck and machinery operators.
Most workers are non-permanent and are on a fixed contract rather than full-time BMA staff.
The new recruitment push includes introduction of a QantasLink service between the city and Moranbah.
“From a safety perspective, we would much rather see people doing it this way,” the BMA spokesman said.
Resource Industry Network chair Tony Caruso described the recruitment push as great news for the Mackay region and a sign of BMA`s confidence in the future of the Queensland mining sector.