Posted November 04, 2019 18:11:30 Queenslanders are looking back fondly on the mining past and the coal industry’s impact on the state.
Key points:The coal industry is a key part of Queensland’s economy for more than 50 years and employs around 300,000 peopleQueensland is one of the world’s biggest coal producers, employing around 300-400,000 Queenslanders have a deep and abiding attachment to coalThe coal mining boom of the 1970s and 1980s saw huge job losses, the closure of coal mines and the introduction of pollution controlsThe industry was also a key contributor to Queensland’s industrial boom and the closure and pollution controls that were introduced in the 1980s.
Queenslanders first saw the light of day in April when coal production fell to the lowest level since the 1970, but the state is in the midst of a new era of prosperity.
“This is an entirely new age for coal, and Queensland has become the second largest coal producing state in the world,” the Queensland Coal Industry Association said in a statement.
“It is a great day for Queensland.”
Queenslands has produced over 4 million tonnes of coal in the past year, and the state’s economy is now expected to grow by a further 5 per cent over the next year.
Queenslander’s mining boom was one of Australia’s greatest industries, producing nearly $500 billion of economic value.
The industry has been a key driver of Queenslands economic growth since the mid-1970s, and was also one of its biggest contributors to the state economy.
“I think the mining boom has created a whole new generation of Queenslanders and the region,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“Queensians are proud of that history and the role that the industry played in Queensland’s economic growth.”
The state’s coal industry was a key factor in the growth of the state and its economy.
The state has now been producing nearly 4 million tons of coal since the end of the mining season in 2020.
Since mining started in the 1970’s, the state has seen the closure four times, with pollution controls introduced in 1980.
In 2015, Queensland’s carbon dioxide emissions surpassed Australia’s total emissions, with the state now one of 10 countries in the developed world with the highest carbon dioxide levels.
Quebec also became the first state in Australia to introduce the carbon tax, with a 10 per cent levy on households earning over $250,000 a year.
Queeslanders first had coal mining licences in 1974, and today the state produces nearly 1 million tonnes a year of coal.
Its mines also produce almost 1 million tons per annum, but it also produces around 6 million tonnes per annamion from the oil and gas sector.
Queenlands coal production peaked in the early 1970s, with Queenslanders having their first chance to mine coal in April of that year.