A green blast industrial facility will create about 2,500 green jobs in Queensland’s coal seam gas industry and provide jobs for about 2.5,500 people.
Key points:A $25 million plant is being built near Winton in central QueenslandThe plant is expected to create about 1,100 jobsWorkers will receive $1,100 in annual severanceThe project, to be built by CannaTech, is expected create about 5,000 green jobsA Queensland Government-funded research study into green blast industries, published by The Conversation, says about 1.6 million people will be employed by green blast factories.
Key point: The research found that up to 20 per cent of workers in green blast fields are employed by the same company that owns the plantThe project is being undertaken by CCA Energy, a joint venture between Canna Technology and Australian Resources Council, which owns the land at Winton.
CannaTech is looking at an industrial facility near Wissens Green Blast Industrial in Winton, north of Brisbane.
“Canna is looking for a location that has good, low-impact jobs, that are not dependent on a large number of people working in the facility,” said CCA CEO Andrew McBride.
“We’re hoping that this will help with the local community in Wissons Green Blast industrial area, and help to make the facility economically viable.”
Workers who work for the plant will receive a $1.10-an-hour severance package that will start on January 1, 2019.
It is hoped the facility will be fully operational by 2020, with about 3,500 workers expected to be employed.
The study said the cost of building the facility is estimated at about $25m.
“It’s the first time we’ve done an economic analysis on green blast and we’re excited about it,” Mr McBride said.
“There’s a lot of opportunities for it to create employment and the jobs will be green.”
Key pointsThe research found green blast is more than 5 per cent cheaper than traditional mining jobsIndustry employment is expected increase from around 4,000 people to around 10,000Employers will also be given a $2.00 per hour severance, which is worth about $3,000 per year.
“This will help us support our local workforce, which will create jobs,” Mr McGarry said.
Topics:green-energy,mining-industry,mining,coal,jobs,miningpartners,environment,government-and-politics,brisbane-4000,queenslandFirst posted March 03, 2020 13:48:32Contact Leigh HineMore stories from Queensland