Mines Fire Up

270 jobs for the Peak Downs and Saraji mines are now up for grabs as the BHP Billiton’s coalmining joint venture gears up.

coal mine trucksLocal Labour Hire contractors say about 70 of the jobs have gone to locals at Moranbah, and the company has turned to labour hire contractors in Townsville to fill 200 fly-in, fly-out contract jobs.

The jobs are likely to be for at least six to 12 months, but not permanent with work mostly for truck drivers and mobile plant operators.

The dramatic surge in the price of coal, now in the $US170-a-tonne range, almost double what it was last year is thought to be behind the surge of job opportunities.

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane welcomed the news.

“It’s great news for people in the north and the broader Queensland coal sector, which had been struggling through a downturn over the past few years.”

“This is another sign of green shoots for the Bowen Basin, an area which delivered much of the $1.6 billion boost to royalties for the state government.”

“It follows on from the good news we are seeing right across the Queensland coal industry with record exports last year and new mines opening up.”