Costi­gan ‘steam­ing’ over FIFO de­ci­sion

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

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.

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