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During January 2019, G&W began advertising for senior staff to be based in Mackay overseeing the establishment of operations in that region and the Bowen Basin coalfields.
The wheels appear to be turning for a second new operator to appear in Queensland during 2019, with Watco beginning operations also.
Presumably the G&W start-up will be coal focused with new equipment, but with the Eyre Pennisular rollingstock potentially needing redeployment in a few months, G&W could be planning a wider traffic footprint - such as perhaps a cooperative agreement with Watco to handle the Central Queensland grain crop, or the Mackay region's sugar related traffic currently on road.
In October 2019 GWA began advertising for qualified Mackay-region train drivers, with crews to be based at Sarina.
Sarina is 37km south of Mackay and home to Wilmar's Plane Creek Mill operations and Aurizon's Jilalan Yard serving the Goonyella System.
The Jilalan complex and Goonyella System handles 120-million tonnes of coal per annum - roughly 329,000-tonnes of coal per day. The Goonyella system also moves around 300,000-tonnes of grain per annum.
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