Costigan ‘steaming’ over FIFO decision
WHITSUNDAY MP Jason Costigan is fuming after Rockhampton and Townsville Airports were officially given FIFO hub status for the Adani Carmichael mine.
And he said the blame lay at the feed of the Labor Palaszczuk Government, which he claimed were trying to keep first term Labor MPs safe.
“Anyone who wants to work at the mine that will kickstart the development of the coal rich Galilee Basin will be forced to relocate to Townsville or Rocky. Either that or they’ll be driving for hours and hours before getting on a plane to go to work,” Mr Costigan said.
“Is it any wonder I’ve got steam coming out of my ears? More steam than the Proserpine Mill.”
However, a Whitsunday Regional Council spokesperson said council did not vie for FIFO status at the Whitsunday Coast Airport for “infrastructure reasons”.
Nevertheless, Mr Costigan said council should have pushed harder for the FIFO hub.
“It’s my view that the Whitsunday Regional Council should have made a stronger case, either independently or in collaboration with Mackay,” he said.
Labor candidate for Whitsunday Bronwyn Taha rejected the assertion that Mackay and the Whitsundays “missed out”.
“It is important to note the Mayor of Mackay Greg Williamson and LNP colleague George Christensen supported that Mackay will also not miss out because they will also become a logistic hub for mining support services,” she said.