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Blackwater is known as the coal capital of Queensland and the recently built, nine million dollar Blackwater International Coal Centre showcases the Central Highlands coal industry for the world. Located on the Capricorn Highway, Blackwater is located 836km from Brisbane and 190km west of Rockhampton. Located in Queensland’s Central Highlands, Blackwater owes its name not to the black gold (coal) in the region, but to a natural tea tree which blackened the water in the local billabongs. Blackwater currently has a population of approximately 8000, nearly all of whom work directly or indirectly for the mines in the area. Blackwater is the dormitory town for six coalmines. The coal extracted makes a very considerable contribution to Australia’s mineral export earnings.    Blackwater township is situated on what was a pastoral block initially taken up as the “Blackwater Run” by Henry Crew and Richard Lanyon in April, 1882, and grew around a railway ...

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