Mining giant to tap into Nambour
A MINING giant is set to tap into Nambour as it sets up a new base in the former Sunshine Coast Council depot.
MacKellar Mining is set to expand its operations at 4 National Park Rd from 2020.
The privately-owned family business has operated for more than 40 years, providing heavy earthmoving equipment solutions to the Australian mining and civil industries.
Its plant hire fleet boasts more than 200 large mining machines.
Cr Greg Rogerson said the company's shift to Nambour was due to deliver about $15 million in benefits to the local supply chain.
"MacKellar carries out the servicing, repairs and maintenance work on its mining equipment fleet and their presence in Nambour will create new career opportunities for local people,” Cr Rogerson said.
"They'll commence operations mid-next year with around 30 staff and there is the potential for that number to grow to 122 skilled full time staff by their fifth year of operation.”
He said it was a "terrific outcome” for Nambour and would create future employment opportunities for auto-electricians, diesel mechanics, boilermakers and office staff.
The 112 council employees currently based at the depot would be relocated to other council work sites around the region.
"All current Nambour depot jobs will be retained through this process and all employees will retain their jobs,” he said.
MacKellar Mining managing director Duncan MacKellar said the company had identified the Coast as an expansion location, which built on its current maintenance facilities base in Blackwater and head office in Alexandra Headland.