Grandmothers, Japanese teachers, policemen, lawyers and government office workers - an unlikely lot at a mine site.

However, people from all walks of life in Cairns and Brisbane fought for work at BMA's newest 100 per cent fly-in fly-out coal mine in Moranbah.

Human resource manager Brendan Storer says 47 per cent of Daunia's 400 workers are newcomers to the industry.

He says thousands of applications were received from industries worlds away from mining and there are lots of challenges teaching trainees the ropes on 17-tonne haul trucks.

"Some people haven't driven anything larger than a family car before."

He says the size of the equipment is one of the biggest challenges for people who've never been on a mine site before.

"We've got really good supervisors and really good trainers and assessors, so we've invested heavily in this training."

He says it takes about six weeks before someone is working on their own in one of the haul trucks and the newcomers thrive on the challenge.

"It is long hours and tough work but we're confident most people are enjoying the opportunity."

Collette Brown is one of those trainees who traded her job to chase some of the mining riches.

"I used to work for Brisbane Junior Rugby League and looked after about 400 games a weekend and gave it up to drive trucks."

She says the fly-in lifestyle, working seven days, then flying home for seven days, suits her and her family.

"It's fantastic.

"I've got a three-year-old grandson and I seem to spend more time with him then I would a normal five-day job with a two-day weekend."

 

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