Coal workers head back to work after flood disaster

QUEENSLAND mine workers are largely back at the coalface, even as some operations remain inundated.

According to the peak body for the state's mining industry, the Queensland Resources Council, workers were still en-route to the work sites.

Chief executive Michael Roche said QRC's members reported most mines had now returned to routine shifts although damaged roads or flight issues may be causing some issues.

"Understandably, workers with homes in communities such as Bundaberg have opted to be with their families," Mr Roche said.

"The key priority remains the safety of workers, that includes their travel."

Some mines are still facing challenges, with the Yancoal and Peabody's Middlemount Mine believed to be partly-flooded after a levee failed after ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald swept through the region.

Rio Tinto's Kestrel mine, west of Mackay, is currently unable to export coal after rail lines in the Blackwater area were damaged by the sudden deluge.


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