A research report released today by The Australia Institute shows job claims of the Acland mine on the Darling Downs have been grossly exaggerated by owners New Hope and other coal lobbyists.
The new report shows:
1. New Acland Coal and the Queensland Resource Council (QRC) are using inflated job figures up to triple what experts advise.
2. Regional employment is dominated not by mining, but by meat processing, defence, road freight and beef cattle. The region does not ‘rely’ on the Acland mine.
3. Recent major investments have been abattoir expansion, rail upgrades, a regional data centre, airport, road infrastructure and large scale solar projects.