Coal mine to deliver $40m boost for Far North
FLY-IN FLY-OUT mining jobs worth a combined $40 million are up for grabs for 250 Far Northern tradies as the world's biggest coal exporter spreads the wealth from its huge new projects in central Queensland.BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance wants a FIFO workforce for its newest Bowen Basin coal mines, and the resources giant has set aside a quarter of the 1000 vacancies exclusively for tradespeople from the Cairns region.
About 14,000 Brisbane-based tradies have already applied for the other 750 jobs, and BMA expects similar interest from the Far North.
The recruitment drive begins today, calling for qualified local tradespeople with or without mining experience.
In return, BMA is promising an "attractive" seven-on seven-off roster at the Daunia or Caval Ridge mines, access to latest technology and equipment, career development, and accommodation in a modern village while away at work.
Mayor Bob Manning said the plan was "visionary" and signalled growing investor confidence.
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