Proposed mine provides leverage for road funding: Council
A PROPOSED bauxite mine near Binjour would provide North Burnett Regional Council leverage to further agitate for more funding to improve the local road network, council claims.
Australian Bauxite Limited recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese company Tianshan Aluminium for the carriage of any future bauxite mined, and the company will now proceed to drill a small test pit.
A council representative said the project was an "exciting” opportunity for North Burnett and had been a long-term project as the deposit was originally discovered in 2011-12.
"The project will provide local employment opportunities and increased diversification to sustain and grow our local economy,” the representative said.
Australian Bauxite Limited CEO Ian Levy said indications showed the mine would support 55 local jobs directly, and others indirectly through a "multiplier” effect.
The council representative said, as was the case with all developments, there would be a required use of public assets and council was in discussion with Australian Bauxite Limited and the State Government regarding the fair breakdown of maintenance and improvement costs.
"This project will assist us in advocating for state and federal government funding to improve North Burnett roads and infrastructure for our communities,” they said.
"Council has worked closely with Australian Bauxite Limited for many years, and looks forward to continuing to work closely with them to ensure the best outcomes for the North Burnett region.”
Mr Levy previously told the Times the projected 20-year lifespan of the mine could be extended "indefinitely” if the road network was improved to enable satellite projects to feed into the main mine.