INDIAN-backed coal giants GVK Hancock have appointed a new leader as it pushes ahead on plans to build three enormous coal mines in the Galilee Basin west of Rockhampton.
If the projects are developed, they will create thousands of construction and operating jobs.
Newly-appointed chief executive Darren Yeates' installation signals GVK Hancock's drive to now focus on developing the Alpha, Kevin's Corner and Alpha West mines, having now secured a swag of state and federal approvals.
The three projects will be linked to an expanded Port of Abbot Point north of Mackay by a purpose-built 500km rail line.
"Our projects will deliver one of the most significant pieces of regional and economic development Queensland has seen for decades," Mr Yeates said.
"I'm really proud to be playing a key role in such a significant suite of projects in my home state."
Outgoing managing director Paul Mulder leaves GVK Hancock after six years at the helm.