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