The Foxleigh mine is a joint venture between the QLD government, CAML resources and a number of other partners. It is currently producing around 2 million tonnes of coal for the export market.
Middlemount, like many other mining towns in Queensland virtually sprung up overnight in the early 1980s; this means that the houses are all almost identical, in this instance there are three types of houses; lowset L-shaped, lowset square and highset.
Although not as much as there once was, there is still segregation between different groups in the town; these being the Open Cut Anglo, Open Cut Foxleigh, Underground (real miners) and the Staff (engineers, managers, geos, etc)
Nicknamed the "Giant Peanut" by locals due to its slightly bizarre road layout, Middlemount is also notable for Olympic cyclists Anna Meares and Kerrie Meares, who grew up there, and also for being rated as one of Queensland's highest earning locations - in 1998, it returned the 5th highest average taxable income (according to the Australian Tax Office). It should also be said that the locations in spots 1-4 were Glenden, Tieri, Moranbah and Dysart, all of which are similar mining towns in the same region.