Gympie to benefit from coal boom
GYMPIE stands to gain considerable economic benefits from business, investment and real estate by-products of the apparently unstoppable Central Queensland coal mining boom, Mayor Ron Dyne said yesterday.
Cr Dyne told councillors of the incredible mining growth occurring just to our north and how it had already outstripped infrastructure and housing facilities in many mining towns, especially in the Galilee Basin.
“We are probably in a position to have some input into the provision of engineering services,” he said.
He said his attendance at the recent Central Queensland Local Government Association meeting at Dysart had impressed on him the enormity of the mining boom.
“Driving up, I was struck by lights that could have been a small town, and on the way back in daylight, they were each new coal mines.
“There are up to 50 new mines with draglines tearing out huge quantities of coal, and each mine had one or two trains, each up to 2km long.
“Alpha, a town of about 200 people, looks soon to have a 3000-person camp attached to it, which is a big strain on infrastructure.
“It’s amazing the amount of mining going on.
“There are 30,000 new holes in the Galilee Basin looking for gas, and they all have to be capped, making a market for Gympie engineering expertise,” he said.
Council CEO Ken Mason said Gympie could be actively promoted as an area for workers to invest.
Planning committee chairman Ian Petersen said councillors should not discount the potential for Gympie to house fly-in fly-out mine workers.