The CQ town that relies on mine expansion

Workers could keep their jobs and stay in the small town if mine is expanded.
Workers could keep their jobs and stay in the small town if mine is expanded. Contributed

ANGLO Coal is attempting to expand the life of its Grasstree Mine by three years filing an environment application to the Federal Government.

The underground mine opened in 2006 and mine owner Anglo Coal is now trying to expand into a new area on its lease.

"Coal from the project longwall panels will be extracted using the same mining equipment and method currently used at Grasstree Mine,” the environment report reads.

"The project will provide access to approximately 22 million tonnes of high quality coking coal.”

If approved the mine would be able to keep its 590 workers employed beyond 2020.

"At this time the longwall will be moved to the project longwall mining area,” the report reads.

"Development work for the project (e.g. construction of roadways and main headings) is scheduled to commence in 2019, a year before the longwall is installed.”

The project won't increase the size of the workforce, but will keep the 590 workers, 40 per cent from Middlemount and 70 per cent FIFO or DIDO, in employment.

That means if the mine expansion is not granted Middlemount could lose 236 workers and their families from the township.

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