Adani’s mine given the green light

Whit­sun­day mayor Andrew Will­cox joins premier at mine an­nounce­ment “it means jobs for lo­cal peo­ple as well” An­nas­tas­cia Palaszczuk

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Madolyn Peters and ARM News­desk

ADANI’S Carmichel Mine has been ap­proved, with Mayor Andrew Will­cox herald­ing the move as a win for the re­gion.

Cr Will­cox joined the may­ors of Mackay and Isaac re­gional coun­cils in Paget this week for the long-awaited an­nounce­ment by Premier Palaszczuk.

NEW Whit­sun­day mayor Andrew Will­cox has de­scribed the State Gov­ern­ment’s ap­proval of min­ing leases for Adani’s Carmichael mega-mine and coal project as a “dream come true”.

Whit­sun­day, Mackay and Isaac re­gional coun­cil may­ors Cr Will­cox, Greg Wil­liamson and Anne Baker were there for the lon­gawaited an­nounce­ment by Premier An­nas­tas­cia Palaszczuk at Ko­matsu in Paget on Sun­day.

Cr Baker said “this is ex­actly what we’ve been wait­ing for”.

Cr Wil­liamson said he could not wait to get things un­der way. “Let’s make it hap­pen,” he said.

Adani says the mine, rail and ad­join­ing Ab­bot Point port project will gen­er­ate more than 5000 jobs at the peak of con­struc­tion and 4500 at the peak of op­er­a­tion.

Ms Palaszczuk made the an­nounce­ment with Adani chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jeyaku­mar Janakaraj.

“My gov­ern­ment is 100% com­mit­ted to creat­ing jobs across Queens­land and jobs in re­gional Queens­land,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

The ben­e­fits of the mine would far out­weigh the chal­lenges, State Devel­op­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines Min­is­ter Anthony Lyn­ham said.

Dr Lyn­ham said much ev­i­dence has been con­sid­ered, in­clud­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal state­ment of more than 32,000 pages with nearly 200 strict con­di­tions.

Ms Palaszczuk said the Carmichael project would in­ject more jobs into the strug­gling min­ing in­dus­try.

“Here, for lo­cal in­dus­tries, like this one we’re at here today in Mackay, it means jobs for lo­cal peo­ple as well,” she said.

Adani hopes to be­gin the con­struc­tion of its Carmichael coal mine next year.

An­gry con­ser­va­tion­ists joined Aus­tralian Greens Se­nate can­di­date Andrew Bartlett out­side Queens­land Par­lia­ment this week to protest against the ap­proval of the leases.

Mr Bartlett said he was im­pressed that about 250 peo­ple ral­lied for the “snap protest” af­ter the govern- ment made the an­nounce­ment on Sun­day.

Mr Bartlett said Adani’s highly dis­puted num­ber of jobs to be cre­ated was out­weighed by the num­ber of jobs that would be de­stroyed in sus­tain­able tourism and en­ergy gen­er­a­tion.

“The Greens and many, many other peo­ple are go­ing to be do­ing any­thing they can to stop the mine from go­ing ahead,” he said. “But we shouldn’t have to do that. (The mine) is so ob­vi­ously, lit­er­ally in­sane.”

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