THE Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the announcement by Minister Anthony Lynham to grant four new mining leases to extend Stanmore Coal’s production in central Queensland for seven years.
QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the coal industry continues to deliver for Queensland and applauded Minister Lynham for backing the industry and the communities it supports.
“These new leases will secure the jobs of 210 workers and deliver an extra $75 million in royalties to pay for teachers, nurses and police. What we are seeing right across the coal industry is people being employed in high skilled and high tech jobs, billions of dollars in royalties being paid to the State Government and small businesses benefiting from servicing the industry,” he said.
“Stanmore’s clear-sightedness after purchasing the mine for $1 is again demonstrated with the company looking to use existing infrastructure and equipment to develop the leases.
“The resources sector provides one in every $6 dollars in the Queensland economy, sustains one in eight jobs, supports more than 16,400 businesses, all from 0.1 percent of the state’s land mass.”
QRC’s current data shows that in 2016-17, the state’s coal industry contributed $37.8 billion to the state’s economy and supported 189,995 full time jobs.