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
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.”