A NEW mining lease near Moranbah is expected to create up to 1000 new jobs if the company behind it can accommodate local workers.
Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said the Governor in Council this week approved the development of the new $1.7 billion Grosvenor Coal Mine.
He said the mine, which met state and federal environmental requirements, was a significant expansion of Anglo American's Queensland operations.
Residential infrastructure is a critical issue for Moranbah and Mr Cripps said the company planned to build more than 50 new houses and townhouses in the Moranbah areas.
"The Queensland Government will work closely with the company and the Moranbah community to address key issues such as accommodation availability and infrastructure support," he said.
Mr Cripps said the Grosvenor project would create many opportunities and significant income in the region across its 40-year lifespan.
He said site construction would begin soon with first development coal production from 2013 and longwall mining from 2016.
"This mine will deliver direct economic benefits and jobs to the local Moranbah community, as well as royalties which support infrastructure and services that benefit all Queensland communities," he said.
"It is expected to produce up to seven million tonnes per annum of high quality hard coking coal, yielding some five million tonnes per annum of product coal for export."