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75 jobs go and houses given away
BIG week for Central Queensland’s biggest rail operator.
Wednesday 07 December 2016  

Rail operator Aurizon continues to adjust its operations footprint in Central Queensland, announcing this week they are gifting 31 houses located in Emerald, Moranbah and Dysart to the Salvation Army.

The decision to give the houses away is yet another symbol of the decentralisation of mining in the coalfields, with fewer people employed near small Bowen Basin communities choosing to live there.

However, the Salvation Army welcomed Aurizon’s donation.

“Aurizon’s donation will provide an enormous boost to our programs that provide emergency and community housing across Queensland,” Major Neil Dickson, Communications and Fundraising Secretary for Queensland said.

“The Salvos provide a range of accommodation including crisis, transitional and long term accommodation, allowing us to provide homes where people feel safe and secure.

“Not only has Aurizon been very generous with this donation, but the company has also devoted significant time over recent months in working through the details of the housing portfolio that were being offered.”

Further north, Aurizon has notified around 75 employees in Townsville, Hughenden, Cloncurry and Mt Isa that they will become redundant next year after Glencore said they would not be renewing a rail supply contract to Mt Isa Mines

An MIM spokesperson said they couldn’t get the deal they wanted.

“Mount Isa Mines has made a decision to better utilise the capacity of trains transporting our products to Townsville, in line with the conditions of a long-term take or pay contract we have in place with Pacific National,” the spokesperson said.

“This solution improves efficiency and the long-term sustainability of our business.

“Mount Isa Mines participated in discussions with both QR and Aurizon but unfortunately could not reach an acceptable or competitive outcome.”

Aurizon has flagged the possibility of relocating the redundant rail workers to Central Queensland where operations continue to pump out record tonnages.

 

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