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Welcome to the Bowen Basin Information Website

About this site

The purpose of this website is to facilitate and assist social and economic research on current issues and future developments in the coal mining communities of the Bowen Basin of Central Queensland, Australia. It aims to provide up-to-date, relevant information and foster research collaboration. This research will also contribute to a better understanding of life in other mining communities within Australia and internationally.

This website is the research exchange of the Bowen Basin Researchers’ Network, a group of institutions and individuals with a shared interest in the communities of the Bowen Basin that was formed at a workshop held in Emerald in May 2003. Click here for a list of network members and a copy of the workshop report.

The Bowen Basin

The Bowen Basin is an area of coal reserves and mining related communities that extends over approximately 60,000 square kilometres of Central Queensland from the town of Collinsville in the north to Theodore in the south.

Click here for a map of the Bowen Basin and its communities. This is the largest coal reserve in Australia and the 34 operational coal mines extract over 100 million tonnes annually. This represents some 83 per cent of the State of Queensland’s coal production - its most important export commodity.

The Communities

Within the Bowen Basin there are 15 communities, with a combined total population of 41,973 in 2001, that are dependent or impacted by coal mining to varying degrees. Over the last five years, these communities have experienced major social and demographic changes as a result of industry restructures, work practice changes and technological advances.

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Funding for development and establishment for this website was provided by the Queensland Government.


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