Mining jobs have been given a boost by the opening of a new mine in central Queensland, with more than 1,000 positions in the pipeline.
The BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) project, which could provide opportunities for apprenticeships in Queensland, is expected to inject billions of dollars into the state economy.
“This one mine has already created 900 jobs and boosted the economy by $1.4 billion through the construction alone,” said Queensland premier Campbell Newman.
“Another 450 jobs will now support the ongoing operation of the mine, adding further benefits to the economy.”
Mr Newman said BMA mines have already contributed $9.3 billion in direct spending to Queensland in this financial year alone.
Minister for natural resources and mines Andrew Cripps thanked the organisation for its efforts, noting that the construction took 4.3 million man-hours of work to complete.
“We welcome the investment and the vote of confidence this mine shows in the state of Queensland,” he added.
The mine will help to produce 4.5 million tonnes of coal each year, with the government highlighting the future economic benefits to the state.
Other BMA projects carried out in Queensland over the last three years include the new Caval Ridge mine and the expansion of the Hay Point Coal Terminal.