How to get a job at the Wiggins Island Rail Project – Central Qld

In the ‘How to get a start at …….’ series we are going to be running over Australian Mining and Construction projects all over the country.  In each post we will include an Overview of the project, a Location Profile, the Companies involved, the Occupations required, the skills / qualifications that will help you to get your foot in the door and the Enterprise Bargaining Agreements.  This will help you to stay in the loop and know how to skill up where needed.  The aim is to help you get yourself into the best position to land a start on the major sites and projects around Australia.


About the Wiggins Island Rail Project

From the QR National Website

The Wiggins Island Rail Project (WIRP) will create a vital link between the new Wiggins Island Coal Terminal and mines in the Southern Bowen and Surat Basins.

As global demand for coal continues to increase and mines expand their operations to meet this demand, planning is underway for the delivery of new and upgraded infrastructure across the supply chain to cater for this growth.

At the Port of Gladstone in Central Queensland, a consortium of mining companies are working to develop a new coal export terminal – the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET).

In Stage One, QR National will deliver a series of rail infrastructure projects that will feed WICET’s 27 million tonnes per annum capacity terminal.

This infrastructure will be delivered accordance with the needs of the mining industry and the staged expansion of WICET.

The Wiggins Island Rail Project (WIRP) is made up of interdependent infrastructure projects across the North Coast Line and Blackwater and Moura Systems.  Planning and design activity is currently underway, with first stage of construction planned to commence in early 2012.

The table below provides a summary of the proposed Stage One projects.

Stage 1 – Sub Project Works to be undertaken
Balloon Loop Construction of a single rail balloon loop near Yarwun to enable unloading of coal for the new WICET port facility.
North Coast Line Upgrade Includes construction of additional rail track along the North Coast Railway between Aldoga and the Balloon Loop.
Moura System Upgrade Upgrade of existing rail formation to the east of the Moura system.
Rocklands to Stanwell Duplication Duplication of 18km of track between Rocklands and Stanwell.
Dingo to Bluff Duplication Duplication of 23.9km of track between Dingo and Bluff.
Bauhinia North Upgrade Upgrade from Rangal to (but not including) the Bandanna spur connection in the north to provide improved rail access on the Bauhinia branch line.


Location Profile – Gladstone & Central Queensland

Gladstone & Central Qld  is not the only region of Queensland in which works are involved for this project.  For the other Location Profile of this project click through on the Rockhampton & Capricorn Coast link .

Gladstone, Tannum Sands, Boyne Island, Biloela, Moura, Agnes Waters, LNG, Coal, Alumina, Aluminum, Cement, Power Station, Curtis Island, Wiggins Island, Fishing, Hunting, Camping, Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Trial riding, Moto x, 4×4, Drag strip, Surf (just), Kite Surfing and Cinemas.

Population: 60316 (2010)

Gladstone Regional Council link

Gladstone Region – Rents as at Jan 2012

  • 2 Bed 1 Bath –  $300 – $490
  • 3 Bed 1 Bath –  $310 – $575
  • 4 Bed 2 Bath – $550 – $2000

Gladstone Region – House Prices as at Jan 2012

  • 2 Bed 1 Bath –  $295,000 – $455,000
  • 3 Bed 1 Bath –  $370,00 – $1,100,000
  • 4 Bed 2 Bath – $401,543 – $1,300,000
Climate data for Gladstone Airport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C 37.4 35.5 41.0 33.7 30.4 29.9 29.6 31.9 32.7 35.9 36.7 39.3 41.0
Average high °C 30.7 30.5 29.8 28.0 25.6 23.3 22.9 23.7 25.9 27.5 28.7 30.0 27.2
Average low °C 23.0 23.0 21.7 19.0 15.4 13.2 11.7 12.6 15.6 18.6 20.5 22.1 18.0
Record low °C 18.0 17.0 15.0 8.7 4.9 5.2 5.0 3.5 7.2 11.0 11.0 16.7 3.5
Avg. Rainfall mm 111.8 183.9 71.1 43.4 34.1 42.6 26.3 36.6 32.1 59.2 59.3 121.0 819.1
Avg. Rainy days 11.1 12.1 8.2 5.8 5.3 6.3 4.6 4.4 4.3 7.2 7.7 10.4 87.4


Companies Involved with the Wiggins Island Rail Project

Abigroup – Awarded a $76m Civil contract for the 13klm Balloon Loop near Yarwun, Gladstone.

Leighton Contractors – Awarded a $56m Civil contract for the Rocklands to Stanwell Duplication

QR National – Specialised Track Services are completing the Civil Construction of the Moura System Upgrade

North Coast Line Upgrade, Dingo to Bluff Duplication and Bauhinia North Upgrade have not commenced yet, and will be updated as Companies are awarded work.


Occupations Required at the Wiggins Island Rail Project

  • Electrical Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Steelfixers/Concretors/Formworkers
  • Scaffolding
  • Rigging
  • Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Driver
  • Crane Operators
  • Labourer / Trades Assistant


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the Wiggins Island Rail Project

  • Relevant Trade Qualifications and / or QLD Licences
  • Occupational Health and Safety – Construction Induction (White Card)
  • Australian Drivers Licences
  • High Risk Work Licence for any required plant, eg.  Forklifts, Mobile Crane, Loaders.
  • Ability to pass Medical including Drug and Alcohol screening
  • Dogging/Rigging Tickets
  • First Aid Certificate


Interstate Licence Recognition

A helpful tool to finding out whether your trade qualification needs mutual recognition when working interstate.
Check out the Cribhut Daily post – Thinking about Working Interstate – Licence Recognition


Wiggins Island Rail Project Union Greenfields Enterprise Bargaining Agreements

An Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) is a collective industrial agreement between either an employer and a trade union acting on behalf of employees or an employer and employees acting for themselves.

 At this stage of the project no EBA’s can be found.  As we find the EBA’s them will be updated into this article.


Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide.  Like most things in life, there are no guarantees.  Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.

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    • Owen

      Hey Bryce,

      Cribhut doesn’t have any ties with the companies on this project.
      About half way down the article there’s a section that lists the companies involved and link to each companies website.

      Your best bet is to call them up, introduce yourself and ask about their recruitment process.

      Also if you’d like to find out more about and the benefits of creating a cribhut profile, there is a short explainer video on the workers page.

      I hope this helps you out mate,


      Owen @ Cribhut

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