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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 minerals such as gold, silver, limestone, coal seam gas, magnesite and gemstones. As of August 2013, there are approximately 52 coal mines in Queensland - 41 in Central, 4 in Northern and 7 in Southern Region, over 20 mineral mines and many medium to large (>50 000 tonnes/year) extractive quarries operating in Central Queensland.

In 2012 calendar year, Queensland produced 194.5 million tonnes of saleable coal. The Bowen Basin produced 80% of this from its 47 operating coal mines. All of Queensland's high-grade coking coal, and 48% of the export-traded thermal coal came from the Bowen Basin for the same period. Central Region's coal mines produced 165 million tonnes of saleable coal in 2012 (calendar year), representing 85% of the state's total output, and directly employed approximately 35 150 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions (as at 31 March 2013).

The Queensland Government is in the process of transitioning from regions North, Central and Southern to commodity hubs with North becoming the Minerals Hub for all of Queensland, Southern the Petroleum/CSG Hub and Central transitioning to become the Coal Hub for Queensland. The Coal Hub is envisaged to become a one stop shop for all coal permit holder needs with specialised advice from mining tenures, technical assessment, land access and native title.

Queensland coal mining development projects list

Central Queensland mineral and energy development projects lists

Project information is gained directly from each company for the Coal Development Projects and Mineral and Energy Development Projects to ensure the data is as accurate and up to date as possible. Note that "Proposed Start-up" dates for projects are provided by the proponent and may not necessarily reflect Queensland Government time frame estimates. Data such as employment figures, start-ups etc are predictions made by each company with the best information at hand however are subject to change.

With the down turn in the price of coal various non imminent planned coal projects have been put on hold until a better market. Already this year 2013 new mine Daunia open-cut started production in quarter 1 and expansions/extensions were completed at Broadmeadow underground quarter 1, Millennium open-cut, Yarrabee East open-cut quarter 2, Kestrel underground July, Lake Vermont August 2013. There are a further 69 greenfield coal development projects under consideration or at various levels of development. Along with approximately 27 coal mine expansion/extension projects under construction or 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'.

Employment opportunities

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.

There are no current employment programs to assist entry into the skilled workforce market.

Note: The Skilling Queenslanders for Work Initiative has closed.

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 and is gained from their publically available quarterly activity reports.



Central Queensland mining operations and projects workforce maps

To gain a better understanding, these maps are best used in conjunction with the Development Project Lists above as the proposed projects have different predicted start-up dates.

Central Queensland mines and quarries contact lists

Publications and maps

A wide range of departmental publications, registers and information is available for purchase from GSQ Sales.

Phone: (07) 3035 5308
Fax: (07) 3003 1541
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Further information

For further information about Central Queensland exploration and mining please contact:

Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Building E, Corner Bruce Highway and Yeppoon Road
Rockhampton Qld 4701
Phone: +61 7 4936 0367 Regional Geologist
Or +61 7 4936 0374 Industrial Liaison Officer
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Last updated 10 February 2015