The construction of a new mine in Queensland is set to create 400 jobs, after receiving support from the Mackay Regional Council.
The Queensland Coal Exploration lodged an environmental impact statement for the Hillalong coal project, approximately 170km west of Mackay, saying that if approved, construction will commence in the second quarter of 2017, with first coal exports scheduled for 2018’s first quarter.
It is expected to produce thermal and coking coal with a mine life of approximately 17 years.
The Mackay Council outlined the benefits of the mine at the Economic Development and Planning Standing Committee meeting on Tuesday.
The council stated that 75 per cent of the operational and construction workforces will come from the Mackay, Whitsunday, and Isaac regions.
More of the original article published May 12 by Australian Mining here.