Adani ar­gu­ment

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

JONATHON Peter ( Whit­sun­day Times, Septem­ber 25) ap­pears to ar­gue that res­i­dents of Air­lie Beach know what’s bet­ter for Bowen than Bowen’s res­i­dents do.

He claims that the ben­e­fits of Adani’s in­te­grated mine, rail and port project – a much-needed boost to Queens­land’s econ­omy which will de­liver more than 10,000 jobs and $22 bil­lion in taxes and roy­al­ties to the state – won’t be felt lo­cally.

Noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth.

The work­force that will de­liver this vi­tal ex­port op­por­tu­nity for Queens­land by Adani and its project part­ners will be over­whelm­ingly Aus­tralian.

Adani’s agree­ments with ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture play­ers like POSCO E&C, who will help de­liver this im­por­tant project which will open up the Galilee basin to ex­ports for the first time, re­flect this.

Mr Peter also ar­gues there are no safe­guards in place to bal­ance the need for jobs and sup­ply op­por­tu­ni­ties for small and medium sized busi­nesses in the re­gion with the recog­nised need to pro­tect our en­vi­ron­ment.

Again, with re­spect, noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth.

The ap­provals for Adani’s Carmichael mine, the North Galilee Basin Rail (Queens­land’s first stan­dard gauge rail) and the T0 ex­pan­sion and Ab­bot Point are the sub­ject of the strictest and most strin­gent con­di­tions and en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­provals pro­cesses ever un­der­taken by the Depart­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment. Adani wel­comes th­ese pro­cesses be­cause they’re key to un­der­pin­ning com­mu­nity con­fi­dence in our project.

I’d en­cour­age Mr Peter to visit Bowen and talk to lo­cals who know Adani and what we’re about, and who are bet­ter placed than any­one else to know what’s good for Bowen – they know us from ex­pe­ri­ence, rather than from talk­ing points used by ac­tivist cam­paigns.

Above all, Bowen lo­cals know we’re here to build a long term fu­ture with Queens­land. An­drew Porter DI­REC­TOR OF COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS ADANI GROUP

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