Adani will today tell a State Government inquiry that development of the Carmichael Mine will create long-term jobs and opportunities for Queensland families and communities.
Adani will address a public hearing into a Bill being proposed by the Greens which would stop mining in the Galilee Basin.
Chief executive officer Lucas Dow said Adani would tell the hearing that the communities that would benefit most from the development, such as Townsville and Rockhampton, were “crying out for jobs and have stubbornly high unemployment rates”.
Mr Dow said that preventing the development of the Galilee Basin would disadvantage Queenslanders economically and would also adversely impact the environment as a consequence of poorer quality coals being sourced to feed the growing demand for energy in countries like India, Vietnam and Bangladesh.
“Stopping the development of Carmichael Mine and the Galilee Basin will simply not have the impact on global CO2 emissions that has been wrongly claimed by activist groups,” Mr Dow said.
“The fact is that if Queensland coal is not supplied to countries in Asia, where demand for it is growing, it will be supplied from elsewhere.
“Demand from these developing economies is simply not going to stop as a consequence of preventing the opening of the Galilee Basin.”
Mr Dow said the call to prevent the development of the Galilee Basin put empty environmental symbolism before the interests of Queenslanders.
“Those who back this Bill must believe environmental symbolism is more important than the welfare of Queenslanders who want jobs, and of communities who want a future,” he said.
Mr Dow said fears that local environmental impacts could not be managed by Adani were unfounded.
“The Queensland Government has repeatedly stated that we have some of the most stringent environmental regulations in place in Queensland to protect habitats, the Great Artesian Basin, the Great Barrier Reef, water ways and ecosystems,” Mr Dow said.
“The Carmichael Mine and other Galilee proponents have been subject to a rigorous approvals process.
“In our case we have worked through an eight-year approval process and must comply with more environmental conditions that any other mine developed to date in Queensland and we have never shied away from these requirements and in doing so we can give the community confidence in our operations.”
Mr Dow said Adani was committed to tackling the issue of climate change and believed that providing a sustainable energy mix was the best way to supply growing demand for energy in Asia while transitioning to a lower carbon future.