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Middlemount is a town in Central Queensland, Australia, located 242 kilometres (150 mi) inland (by road) from Mackay and Rockhampton. It is a mining town servicing two coal mines, Foxleigh and German Creek. At the 2011 census, Middlemount had a population of 1,914.
Middlemount, like many other mining towns in Queensland virtually sprung up overnight in the early 1980. Most of the housing is owned by Anglo Coal. The company operates and maintains some of the town's infrastructure. Most of the houses are almost identical, in this instance there are three types of houses; lowset L-shaped, lowset square and highset.
Nicknamed the "Giant Peanut" by some locals due to its slightly bizarre road layout. Some of Middlemount's notable former residents are Olympic cyclists Anna Meares and Kerrie Meares, Stand Up Comedian Mick Neven and music producer Blake Brown.
The German Creek coal mine (or Capcoal), operated by Anglo Coal, is notable as having the deepest longwall coal mine in Queensland, and also for operating Australia's only 'thin-seam' underground coal mine, using technology from the USA. It has five producing underground mines (Central, Southern, Bundoora, Grasstree and Aquila) and two open cut (open pit) mines (Oak Park and Lake Lindsay). Central and Southern mines are no longer operating, Southern has become Grasstree West and Central Closed in 2006. Aquila mine is currently in "Care & Maintenance" mode, pending changes to the coal market prices.
The Foxleigh coal mine is a joint venture between the Queensland government, CAML resources and a number of other partners. It is currently producing around two million tonnes of coal for the export market.
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