Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry MP has welcomed the potential for hundreds of new jobs from the proposed Styx River coal mine in the federal electorate.
While Ms Landry said she did not have direct knowledge of the current EIS status or the ownership details for the company operating the mine, the prospect of new jobs was promising for local families.
“Providing this mine does not adversely impact on the business of surrounding cattle properties, and it has formal Ministerial approval, I see it as a good sign for our region which has faced the loss of many jobs due the earlier downturn in coal in Central Queensland,” Ms Landry said.
“With talk of 200 jobs during construction and 250 jobs during its operation, such a project offers the opportunity for employment for families who lost jobs in other parts of the western coal belt.
“This is one of many new exciting resource projects – including a $200 million solar farm at Moranbah and a another 150 MV solar farm near Clermont which are expected to employ hundreds of people during construction phases – which is a positive sign for our region.
“We have seen signs of major improvements in the coal and resources sector with improves prices and with new or closed mines re-opening, offering more jobs in the electorate. I look forward to a continued resurgence in our resources sector as forecast in 2017,” Ms Landry said.
The MP, however, cautioned work arrangements at proposed Styx River mine, saying that mass casualisation of the coal workforce in other parts of Central Queensland was a major issue impacting on many mining towns and families.
“If the mine proceeds, we welcome the jobs with open arms, but I would hope that the work arrangements are more amenable than mass casualisation that contracts other major mining companies are pushing in the Moranbah and Dysart regions.”