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Queensland’s master plan: Bligh says new projects will dovetail with rebuilding priorities
In addition, in 2010 the Queensland Government
released CoalPlan 2030, which proactively antici-
pates the infrastructure needs that will be driven by
the mining boom in regional Queensland.
CoalPlan 2030 examines the potential growth
path for the Queensland coal industry over the next
two decades and details expected infrastructure
requirements to support the continued growth of
what is Queensland’s largest export industry.
Future Building: How is the state’s vital coal rail
and port infrastructure faring after all the flooding in
Premier Bligh: Heavy rains and unprecedented
floods during December impacted the coal
industry’s January and February production and
export levels. This was due in most part to major
flooding of a number of mines, and the closure of
the Blackwater and Moura rail systems for four and
three weeks respectively.
Although coal exports during December were
largely unaffected, January exports dropped by
36.5 per cent and February exports by 11.6 per
cent. March brought a strong rebound in exports of
40 per cent over February tonnages. Queensland’s
coal export throughput is expected to return to pre-
flood levels soon.
All coal rail networks, including Goonyella,
Newlands, Blackwater, Moura and Western, are
now open, and QR National and Pacific National
both have 100 per cent rolling stock capacity
availability, which is currently well in excess of
All five coal export ports and six coal terminals
are operating with 100 per cent capacity available.
All major roads and airports servicing the coalfields
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