No community benefits
FOR the past three years, there has been much media about the community benefits of the Abbot Point/Carmichael mine project. Unfortunately, it has become very apparent that communities like Bowen have been led down the garden path by the government and Adani, the major proponents of the project.
These proponents continue to claim up to “10,000 jobs” despite Adani admitting in court that the real number is closer to 1500. There will be few local jobs as the mine will be supported by fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers and overseas staff.
The proponents at one point claimed up to $20 billion in taxes and royalties over the life of the mine. Again, this figure has been adjusted down to a paltry $3.6 billion.
As well, many large fossil fuel companies, including Adani, pay little to no tax in Australia due to their clever accounting techniques.
To top it off, coal companies receive billions of dollars a year in subsidies paid with our tax dollars.
With coal in decline worldwide, developing new coal mines is seen as a bad investment.
Given the facts, it is clear that there will be little if any community benefits. Only Adani will benefit at our expense.
One has to wonder why any politician looking to do the best by Australia would support such a disastrous project. Tony Fontes Airlie Beach