Estate set to tap coal spin-offs

Posted November 26, 2014

Charters Towers Regional Council chief executive officer Mark Crawley at the city’s new industrial estate. Photo: Roslyn Budd

Charters Towers Regional Council chief executive officer Mark Crawley is trumpeting a message that the city is “open for business”.

A clear indication of his mission is the completion in October of stage one of the Cunningham Industrial Estate on the city’s north-eastern outskirts, adjacent to the Flinders Highway.

Mr Crawley said it was vital the CTRC positioned itself for the development of the northern portion of the Galilee Basin coal deposits.

Indian company Adani is well advanced in plans for its Carmichael mine, which will be among the world’s largest with a projected 60mtpa to be exported when full production is reached.

Adani representatives have publicly stated that first coal should be ready for export in 2017.

Mr Crawley said it was the council’s view that supply chain businesses servicing the Carmichael mine would see positives in locating in Charters Towers.

“We are hoping that big players like Hastings Deering and Komatsu will look at being based in the city,” he said.

The coal will be exported via the Abbot Point coal loading facility 25km north of Bowen, but much of the project cargo and consumables are expected to enter Australia through the Port of Townsville and then on to the mine via the Flinders Highway and the Gregory Development Rd, most of which are located within the CTRC boundaries.

Stage one of the Cunningham Industrial Estate features nine blocks and all include the necessary infrastructure - single and three-phase power, sealed roads, drainage and street lighting. Mr Crawley said the estate was master-planned but offered prospective buyers the flexibility of differing lot sizes to best meet a company’s requirements.

“Tenants moving into the estate won’t have to worry about delays associated with planning approvals, that will already be taken care of,” he said.

CTRC has the potential to expand the estate via a stage two development should interest outstrip available space.

Mr Crawley said it was vital that the council diversified the potential labour market and grow the regional economy over the next decade.

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