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.
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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.
About the Bowen Basin
The Bowen Basin is Queensland's coal mine region and contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. It was named after the first Govenor of Queensland, Sir George Bowen.
This major coal producing region is home to one of the world's largest deposits of bituminous coal. The Bowen Basin, which contains virtually all ofthe state's hard coking coal, is the most important source of export coal in Queensland. This is why it's such a mining jobs hotspot.
High quality coal is mined here, both above and below ground, creating many opportunities for workers who seek long-term employment.
Most of the basin's open cut and underground coal mines are located in the north. The basin has around 50 operational coal mines. The Goonyella railway line is the main route for coal exports via Dalrymple Bay and Hay Point. Coal is also sent by way of the Port of Gladstone.
The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore. There is an estimated population of over 40,000 people in the area. Click here for a map of the Bowen Basin and its communities.
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