Palaszczuk Govt Welcomes Queensland Firm Securing Earthworks Contract

Palaszczuk Govt Welcomes Queensland Firm Securing Earthworks Contract

Acting Queensland Minister for State Development Bill Byrne

Queensland Firm Wins $70 Million Rio Tinto Contract And 150 New Jobs

Victor P Taffa

Palaszczuk Government has welcomed Queensland-based civil engineering firm QBrit securing a $70 Million bulk earthworks contract for Rio Tinto’s $2.6 Billion Amrun Bauxite project on Cape York resulting in 150 new jobs for the State.

“The Palaszczuk Government has worked closely with Rio Tinto to create jobs and strengthen the Queensland economy through new major projects such as $2.6 Billion Amrun project (previously known as South of the Embley project), which is developing one of the world’s largest bauxite deposits in Cape York.” Acting Minister for State Development Bill Byrne said.

“Since being declared a prescribed project, Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General has been monitoring all approvals the proponent requires and facilitating the timely delivery of approval processes.”

“Coordinator-General also approved a number of key change requests from the proponent.”

“This project builds on Rio Tinto’s long-standing existing operations in Gladstone and Weipa which have supplied the raw product used to produce 10 % of the world’s aluminium.” Mr. Byrne said.

Once operational, the Amrun project will support the continued employment of the current 1,400 strong workforce based in Weipa,  as well as more than 2,000 employees based at the Yarwun and Queensland Aluminium Limited refineries in Gladstone that are fed with bauxite from Cape York.

Effects of this on the Queensland economy include:

  • Direct and indirect local, regional and indigenous employment and training opportunities
  • Local and regional contracting and supply opportunities for individuals and businesses
  • Enhanced economic development opportunities throughout North Queensland

“The awarding of this contract continues QBrit’s association with Rio Tinto after previously winning the contract for 300,000 m3 of embankment and 7 km of mine haul roads.” Mr. Byrne said.

Mine shipments are anticipated to commence in 2019.