Adani’s job advertisements in Mackay’s Daily Mercury this weekend are an early sign of a regional jobs floodgate about to open at the Carmichael coal project, according to Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen.
Jobs advertised included a human resource manager for Bowen and a general manager health and safety and stakeholder communications manager at Adani’s regional headquarters.
Mr Christensen said Adani was committed to establishing a headquarters in regional Queensland, with Mackay and Townsville the most likely candidates.
“Seeing job advertisements in the paper should be a real boost to confidence in the regional economy,” Mr Christensen said.
“This project is going to go ahead and thousands of jobs are going to be created. It is just a matter of how much of the benefit comes to different parts of North Queensland.
“In a region where jobs have suffered through a downturn in the resources industry, we would expect to see a flood of support and encouragement from the community to get this project under way.”
Adani has flagged a 2017 start to construction.
The Palaszczuk Government last week announced that it was invoking special powers to progress the $21.7 billion Carmichael coal and rail project.
The combined mine, rail and associated water infrastructure have all been declared critical infrastructure. In addition, the project’s special “prescribed project” status has been renewed and expanded to include its water infrastructure.
State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said his decision would mean less red tape for the proposed project and the jobs and business opportunities it offered.
“This step bundles together major elements of the project for the first time – the mine, the 389km rail line, and the water infrastructure, including a pipeline, pumping stations and a dam upgrade,” he said.
Mr Christensen said the Carmichael Project was much more than a coal mine and major construction works would need to be undertaken on the port expansion at Abbot Point and building the rail line to link the mine with the port.
“The Bowen community has been particularly supportive of the project because the town is desperate for jobs and the locals can see the benefits that will flow from the port expansion,” he said.
“There will be thousands of jobs created in construction but there will also be thousands of jobs sustained through many years of operation.”