BREAKING: Rocky's $82m rail lifeline delivers jobs
THE Palaszczuk Government has welcomed the announcement by Adani Australia to grant a contract of more than $82 million to supply concrete sleepers from Rockhampton for the Carmichael Coal mine project's rail line.
"Adani advise this contract will mean Austrak will triple its workforce to more than 80 and generate up to 30 supply chain jobs, and provide job security for the two-year life of the contract," Member for Rockhampton and Minister for Rural Economic Development Bill Byrne said.
REVEALED: What Adani means for Rocky.REVEALED: What Adani means for Rocky.
Austrak would supply more than 730,000 concrete sleepers for the construction of Adani's 388km standard gauge rail line from the mine in central western Queensland to the company's bulk coal handling port at Abbot Point near Bowen.
The announcement comes after Aurizon's bombshell yesterday that it would close its Rockhampton rolling stock workshop as one of several measures in a restructure that will see 300-plus jobs go from Central Queensland.
Mr Byrne said the government had sought and received an assurance from Aurizon that all entitlements would be paid to workers affected by its decision to close the railway workshops in Rockhampton.Rail giant to close Rocky workshop, 180+ jobs axed.
The Department of State Development is in contact with Aurizon and will work with employers and unions to help workers transition to new employment or training.
Since July last year, the Palaszczuk Government's Back to Work program has supported 4100 people in regional areas back into work including 660 people in Central Queensland.
READ | Full Adani statement on $82 million Rockhampton contractREAD | Full Adani statement on $82 million Rockhampton contract
Rockhampton company Austrak will fill a contract worth more than $82 million to supply concrete sleepers to Adani Australia for the Carmichael mine project's rail line.
The deal will see Austrak triple its workforce to more than 80 and generate up to 30 supply chain jobs, and provide job security for the two-year life of the contract.
Adani Australia Head of Country and Chief Executive, Jeyakumar Janakaraj, said the $16.5 billion Carmichael project in Central Queensland would generate 10,000 direct and indirect jobs.
"Adani promised that regional Queenslanders would benefit from our project - and here's the proof that we honour our promises and we care about regional Queenslanders," Mr Janakaraj said.
"This is another step in Adani's plan to build a long-term future with regional Queensland.
"While others are looking for ways out, we are looking to the future."
Mr Janakaraj paid tribute to regional Queenslanders for their support of the Adani project.
"I want to pay particular tribute to the Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, who has promoted Austrak to Adani from the day we announced our project.
"I also pay tribute to the Mayor, Margaret Strelow, who has championed the case for Rockhampton to share in the benefits of the Adani project," Mr Janakaraj said.
Mr Janakaraj said Austrak would supply more than 730,000 concrete sleepers for the construction of Adani's 388-kms standard gauge rail line from the mine in central western Queensland to the company's bulk coal handling port at Abbot Point near Bowen.
Adani recently signed a $74 million contract with OneSteel in Whyalla for the supply of approximately 54,000 tonnes of railway tracks - almost 800-kilometres of steel if laid end to end.
"This is an even bigger contract to a company that is situated in regional Queensland and employs local people," Mr Janakaraj said.
"The Carmichael project will open Galilee Basin's high energy, low emission coal field to other miners.
"That means more jobs in regional Queensland."