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Lake Lindsay mine secures expansion

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The Queensland Government has granted a mining lease to Bowen Basin coal mine, extending the life of the mine and securing the future of 500 jobs.

When fully operational, the expanded Lake Lindsay mine is expected to produce 5.6 million tonnes of steel-making coal.

The lease will allow also Anglo American to expand its Lake Lindsay steel-making coal mine operation near Middlemount.

Resources Minister Scott Stewart said the granting of this mining lease shows Queensland’s resources industry continues to go from strength to strength.

“It shows there is confidence from major mining companies that are investing in the future of Queensland’s resources industry into the future,” he said.

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“Steel-making coal is one of our state’s biggest export earners, worth nearly $60 billion in the 12 months to May this year.

“We need steel for construction, domestic appliances, automotive and mechanical equipment, and also for turbines to generate renewable energy on wind farms.

“I want to congratulate Anglo American for their continued investment in their operations in the Bowen Basin because it means hundreds of good jobs and a boost to the local economy for years to come.”

Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said it is another welcome investment in the region and shows there’s confidence in the industry.

“Central Queensland has a long and proud history of mining and the industry supports thousands of good jobs,” O’Rourke said.

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