Central Queensland information and maps
Central Queensland mining developments and exploration updates
Central Queensland is a world-rank producer and exporter of black coal and a major centre for mineral processing. The region (see Figure 1 below) hosts the coal-bearing Bowen and Galilee basins and also produces gold, silver, limestone, coal seam gas, magnesite and gemstones. There are currently 50 coal mines, 25 mineral mines and 30 medium to large (>50 000 tonnes/year) extractive quarries operating in Central Queensland.
The Bowen Basin has 47 operating coal mines that produce all of Queensland's high-grade coking coal, and much of the export-traded thermal coal. These mines produced 180 million tonnes of saleable coal in 2009-10, representing 87 per cent of the state's total output, and directly employ around 29 550 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions (as at 30 June 2011).
Central Queensland mining and energy projects list and map
- Central Queensland Coal Development Projects (September 2012) (PDF, 64 kB)
- Central Queensland Mineral and Energy Development Projects (September 2012) (PDF, 84 kB)
Project information is largely based on publications released by the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE) and publicly listed mining and exploration companies. Note that "Proposed Start-up" dates for projects are generally provided by the proponent (usually in the EIS documents) and may not necessarily reflect Queensland Government time frame estimates.
There are currently four coal mines under construction (Caval Ridge open-cut, Ensham underground, Eagle Downs underground and Daunia open-cut) and a further 36 under consideration. There are eight coal mine expansion/extension projects under construction (Kestrel underground, Lake Vermont open-cut, Dawson South Stage II open-cut, Curragh open-cut, Burton open-cut and Broadmeadow underground) and a further 13 under consideration.
Supplier, contractor and subcontractor opportunities
Find out more about the supply chain opportunities resulting from the LNG industry and other mining projects in Queensland by visiting the ICN Project Gateway and clicking on 'Queensland'.
For a detailed view of the range and volume of jobs that will potentially arise through the CSG-LNG sector, visit the Energy Skills Queensland website.
For current employment programs to assist entry in to the skilled workforce market visit the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Initiative website.
Central Queensland exploration and new developments quarterly reports and maps
This report largely represents a selection of company information updates from ASX-listed mineral, coal and petroleum companies active in Central Queensland.
March Quarter 2011 (PDF, 596 kB) - release date 17 May 2011
December Quarter 2011 (PDF, 580 kB) - release date 20 February 2012
March Quarter 2010 (PDF, 595 kB) - release date 20 May 2010
June Quarter 2010 (PDF, 610 kB) - release date 16 August 2010
September Quarter 2010 (PDF, 500 kB) - release date 16 November 2010
December Quarter 2010 (PDF 576 kB) - release date 15 February 2011
Central Queensland mining operations and projects workforce maps
Central Queensland mines and quarries contact lists
Publications and maps
- A comprehensive and useful map detailing Queensland's mineral, petroleum and energy operations and resources.
- Brochures providing an overview of Queensland's coal, mineral and coal seam gas sectors.
- A Mining Industry Report (PDF, 2.0 MB) on the economic significance of mining and mineral processing in the Central Queensland region.
A wide range of departmental publications, registers and information is available for viewing and purchase at the department's information centre.
119 Charlotte Street
Brisbane Qld 4000
Phone: (07) 3035 5306 or (07) 3035 5307
Fax: (07) 3003 1541
Business Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm Mon-Fri
For further information about Central Queensland exploration and mining please contact:
Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Building E, Cnr Bruce Hwy and Yeppoon Rd
Rockhampton Qld 4701
Phone: +61 7 4936 0374
Last updated 13 March 2013