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New $1 Billion Bowen Basin Mine Winchester South
A $1 BILLION coal mining project managed by Whitehaven Coal in the Bowen Basin is a step closer to being realised.
The Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert said the proposed Winchester South facility near Moranbah is estimated to create nearly a thousand new mining jobs for their new Bowen Basin mine.
This new Bowen Basin mine is great news for places like Moranbah, Dysart, Coppabella and Mackay, and will provide a ton of fresh mining jobs for regional Queensland. Construction of the coal mine will support 500 mining jobs over two years, with a further 450 full-time mining jobs once the new coal mine is operational.
“This has the potential to be a huge win for our economy, and will create security for so many locals and their families.”
State Development Minister Cameron Dick said the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Act would ensure central Queensland had maximum benefit from the project.
“The Act bans large resources projects from employing 100 per cent fly-in-fly-out workforces,” he said. “This means regional Queensland will get the lion’s share of jobs, while that economic ripple effect will create opportunities for local small-and-medium-sized businesses.”
“Central Queensland’s resources sector is strong and it’s here to stay,” Ms Hassan said. “The direct jobs that will potentially be created by this project are significant, but it’s also the positive effect it will have on industry supply chains that will deliver a vital economic boost to our regional communities.”
Whitehaven Coal’s Winchester South Coal Operations has proposed to open a cut metallurgical coal mine that will support the international steel-making industry.
The project would mean extracting around eight million tonnes of coal each year for about 30 years.
About the Bowen Basin
The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the world’s largest deposits of bituminous coal.
The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.
The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.