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Carmichael Rail Network contractor Martinus is ramping up recruitment, including for 10 graduate engineers to work on the Central Queensland project.

Chief operating officer Ryan Baden said Martinus already had 200 team members on site and the company had tapped into the local resource pool to engage workers and suppliers.

Martinus was expecting to have more than 600 workers on site at the peak of rail construction, he said.

“Our recruitment team have been busy filling a range of roles including labourers, leading hands, engineers and various roles within operations, administration, health and safety and commercial,” he said.

Mr Baden said Martinus was working with Central Queensland University and local high schools to provide students and graduates with opportunities to work on the project whilst undertaking their studies.

These opportunities include six-month internships and post-graduate studies whilst working on the project.

Martinus has been awarded $340 million worth of civil and track works as part of the rail project to link Adani’s Carmichael coal mine to port.

This includes 86km of the earthworks formation, with 10 multi-span superstructures – one that spans 50m, 87 culvert structures, and three-million cubic meters of cut to fill.

The track works component involves delivering about 200km of narrow-gauge rail from the Carmichael mine to existing Central Queensland Coal Network. infrastructure.

Martinus has offices within Adani’s Rockhampton Business Centre and at Townsville.

“At Martinus, our biggest business success has been in regional rail construction projects,” Mr Baden said.

“Large regional rail projects fit our business model, because to self-perform works. Our strategy is to use a few key team members to set the culture and then hire locally.

“With regional rail projects, the scale and ongoing nature means that teams can be deployed for significant periods of time, rather than waiting for short-term possession-based work on metropolitan networks.”

Mr Baden said the company expected an ongoing benefit from works on the Carmichael Rail Network, particularly around ongoing jobs in rail maintenance.

“There will be a larger fleet of rail wagons and coal wagons running around that will need to be serviced,” he said.

“We are proud to support Adani’s commitment to regional job creation and partnering with local businesses.”