Originally published by CQ Today.
Technological firm, Heritage Minerals says more than 450 ongoing indirect jobs will be created in Mount Morgan once their project to kick start the historic mine site lifts off.
While there remains no official date set in stone for such a reality, the Western Australian-based company has estimated that direct employment opportunities would consist of 150 positions ranging from administration, security, operations, maintenance and management.
On Tuesday, 17 August the Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science confirmed that Heritage Minerals has obtained an environmental authority (EA) for the Mount Morgan mine.
“There are limited mining activities currently being undertaken on the site, restricted primarily to maintenance, exploration and various pre-feasibility studies,” a spokesperson told CQ Today.
Heritage Minerals have devised that another objective for them to achieve would be to buy local tiers; companies owned and operated in Rockhampton and surrounding areas as well as those in Queensland.
In an effort to network with local industry, they’ve outlined a tender requirement for the company would be to acquire supplies, materials and subcontract services.
Future projections for the project have illustrated that a local material supply would fundamentally need to be gathered such as stone, concrete, road base and bitumen, warehouses, water tanks, steel work, electrical supplies, plumbing supplies and hire equipment.
They’ve outlined a few benefits for local businesses that their project would bring to the region’s economy which included supporting competitive bidding for tenders, streamline procurement and payment processes and building on capacity programs in coordination with their timeline.
Through their processes, Heritage Minerals have also planned to engage with consultants in the Mount Morgan community or beyond to provide services whether they are surveyors, geotechnical, investigative, traffic management or site attendants.
This comes after Rockhampton Regional Council last week gave their green tick of approval for the extensive plan to revitalise operations at the historic Mount Morgan Mine site.
Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams explained the council had assessed the application made by the mining company before they provided their response to the state government for their approval.
“It was a unanimous decision around the table to do this, we all agree it’s something that is needed and that it would have a major, positive effect on the township,” Mayor Williams said.
“If approved, the mine will be a massive boost for the Mount Morgan community and is expected to bring a number of local jobs which would be welcome news to our entire region.”
Specialist contractors will be required for the project at various stages.
Main contractors will need to engage subcontractors to perform various types of work including daily labour, electrical, plumbing, civil engineering, mining, transport, safety management, traffic management and environmental monitoring.
The Department of Environment and Science has liaised with Heritage Minerals on the proposed developments at the site.