A new rail business is launching in Bowen with a focus on providing haulage services to the Abbot Point export terminal.
Bowen Rail Company head of project delivery David Wassell said the company had purchased its own state-of-the-art locomotives and rollingstock. The first four locomotives are due to arrive in 2021.
“We are an innovative new business and we plan to use leading technology to efficiently transport resources from Queensland mines for export,” Mr Wassell said.
“By basing our business in Bowen we will be part of the local community and will be close to the heart of the Queensland resources industry.
“We’ll be playing a key role in servicing international demand for Australian resources and supporting the economy at a time it is needed most.”
Mr Wassell said Bowen Rail Company had commenced recruitment for about 50 employees.
“We want to provide opportunities and pathways for Queenslanders and will be recruiting people of diverse backgrounds, age, experience and gender,” Mr Wassell said.
“The benefit of our fleet is that it can be operated by anyone once they have had the right training, regardless of their physical size, age or experience, which means we can open up operator-type roles to a much broader workforce and to people who haven’t necessarily worked in the rail sector.
“Our goal is to ensure approximately half of our workforce is comprised of new-to-rail industry employees.”
Recruitment for positions will occur progressively over the next six to nine months. More at www.bowenrail.com.au