Construction activity will ramp up steadily in coming weeks at the Carmichael coal site, Adani Mining says.
Major contract announcements for the next stage of works will start rolling out within days.
Chief executive officer Lucas Dow said preparatory activities such as finalising contracts, mobilising equipment, recruitment and completing inductions were being carried out initially.
“These preparatory actions will enable us to then start construction activities including fencing, bridge and road upgrades, water management and civil earthworks on the mine site,” he said.
Mr Dow was commenting after Adani Mining received advice today from the Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science that the Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Management Plan (GDEMP) for the thermal coal project had been finalised and approved.
“This is confirmation the plan complies with all regulatory conditions set by the Australian and State Governments, bringing to a close a two-year process of rigorous scientific inquiry, review and approvals,” he said.
Finalisation of the GDEMP and Black-throated Finch Management Plan (approved May 31) paves the way for construction to commence.
“The project will deliver 1500 direct and 6750 indirect jobs during ramp up and construction, with Rockhampton and Townsville the primary hubs for employment,” Mr Dow said.
“The Whitsunday, Isaac, Central Highlands, Mackay, Charters Towers and Gladstone regions will also benefit from work packages and employment opportunities.
“Throughout the past eight years regional Queenslanders have been beside us every step of the way and we thank them for their ongoing support. We’re ready to start work on the Carmichael Project and deliver the jobs these regions so badly need.”
‘Red letter day’ welcomed by business groups
Townsville Enterprise chief executive officer Patricia O’Callaghan described it as a red-letter day for Townsville and North Queensland.
“After almost a decade since the opportunity was first presented to our community, the Adani Carmichael Mine can finally get on with the job,” she said.
“This signals the end of the project’s approval process and the beginning of a new era for regional Queensland.”
Mackay’s Resource Industry Network said the approval provided certainty for the future of the region.
RIN general manager Adrienne Rourke said the decision meant “we can get on with the job of attracting people to our region and those people can move here knowing there are many rewarding careers on offer, in a place that boasts affordability and liveability.”