Jobs boom: Wollondilly residents will be eligible to apply for positions at the proposed new Hume Coal mine project in the Southern Highlands.Wollondilly residents will be targeted by recruiters trying to fill 700 positions at a proposed new mine in the Southern Highlands.
Hume Coal is proposing an underground mining operation near Moss Vale, with a mine life of approximately 22 years, extracting up to 3.4 million tonnes per annum of coal, which will be used to produce steel.
Hume Coal spokesmanBen Fitzsimmons saidif the mine was approved, all employees would need to livewithin 45 minutes of the operations.
That means a job bonanza for Wollondilly residents who will eligible to work at the mine.
Unfortunately, the new jobs will not help those about to be laid off in the Tahmoor Underground mine closure.
The Hume Coaljobs will not be on offer until the mine is approved by the state government, not likely until 2020.
The project proposes to employ 300 permanent staff during operations and 400 during construction.
“The types of jobs on offer will range from operational and trade roles underground and on the surface, as well as technical roles in fields such as engineering, science, community relations and administration,” Mr Fitzsimmonssaid.
Residentswho live in Picton, Douglas Park, Thirlmere, Tahmoor, Wilton, Courjdjah, Buxton, Bargo and Yanderra will be eligible to apply.
Mr Fitzsimmons said employing locals was beneficial from a safety point of view because workers who finishedtheir shift would not be driving long distances home.
“It alsoensures the maximum benefit for the local economy, with employees supporting local business, schools and organisations,” he said.
Mr Fitzsimmons said Wollondilly had a long mining history andHume Coalwanted to employlocalresidents who hadexperience in underground coal mining.
Wollondilly mayor Simon Landow said he was not fully up to speed with all aspects of the mine but supported any venture that provided jobs for residents.
“Wollondilly has a long mining history and a large proportion of our community are miners.I support the growth of the mining industry if that means Wollondilly residents will get jobs,”he said.
Hume Coal aimsto lodge an environmental impact statement with the state government later this year.
Mr Fitzsimmons said after the government hadreviewed and assessed the statement and development consent was awarded, the constructionwould take about threeyears.
He said the project wasnot a longwall mine and there would be no surface impacts on infrastructure such as buildings, roads and the environment.
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