Opin­ion di­vided on govt’s Adani de­ci­sion

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

THE State Govern­ment has in­voked “spe­cial pow­ers” to progress the $21.7 bil­lion Carmichael coal and rail project and while Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor An­drew Will­cox wel­comed the de­ci­sion, en­vi­ron­men­tal groups are out­raged.

The com­bined mine, rail and as­so­ci­ated wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture have all been de­clared crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture.

State De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Dr An­thony Lyn­ham said his de­ci­sion would mean less red tape for the project and the jobs and op­por­tu­ni­ties it of­fered while pro­tect­ing the reef and meet­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment re­quire­ments.

Cr Will­cox said: “The de­ci­sion by the Palaszczuk Govern­ment to de­clare the com­bined mine, rail and as­so­ci­ated wa­ter projects as crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture is a mas­sive boost for our re­gion and an­other pos­i­tive sign that the min­ing sec­tor is far from dead.”

Whit­sun­day Res­i­dents Against Dump­ing say they are out­raged the Queens­land Govern­ment is giv­ing spe­cial treat­ment to Adani while ig­nor­ing the risks, with spokesper­son San­dra Wil­liams say­ing the reef was crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture that sup­ported 69,000 tourism jobs and brought $6 bil­lion into Queens­land.

“In a time of un­de­ni­able global warm­ing it’s un­think­able the Queens­land Govern­ment are fast-track­ing new coal mines that will risk the reef. Once burnt, the coal from Adani’s Carmichael mine will pump out mil­lions of tonnes of air pol­lu­tion over 60 years and will ir­re­versibly dam­age the reef,” she said.

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