Adani has welcomed a Queensland Court of Appeal decision upholding the State Government’s approval of a mining lease for the company’s Carmichael thermal coal resource.
The decision represented yet another independent judicial decision upholding nearly eight years of development planning and rigorous approvals, and dismissed activist claims to the contrary, the company said.
“It is also another legal rebuff to activists’ use of the courts to seek to delay a project that will create 10,000 direct and indirect jobs, including a minimum 7 per cent of jobs going to Traditional Land Owners covering the almost 400km-long strip from Abbot Point to central western Queensland,” Adani said in a written statement.
The action involved Adrian Burragubba, who says he represents the Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owners.
He told reporters outside court that Adani was over-riding their rights and destroying homelands and sacred sites without proper consultation.
Adani says the Wangan and Jagalingou people voted 294–1 to support an Indigenous Land Use Agreement for the coal project.
Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane described the appeal by Mr Burragubba as a tactic of the anti-coal brigade, straight out of the activists’ playbook.
“It’s no surprise the court action was dismissed as it is just another in the long line of vexatious legal suits that hold back regional economies,” he said.
“Ten local government areas across central and northern Queensland are desperate for the economic investment this project will generate.”
Meanwhile Adani has confirmed it is looking to develop at least two of its own quarries along the corridor between the Carmichael mine site and Abbot Point, in addition to sourcing material from existing operations for rail and road construction.
Land has been acquired for a new quarry at Twin Hills, while a second site acquired for quarrying is closer to the rail loop near the mine, according to company spokesman Ron Watson.
Six work camps will be established along the rail corridor for the construction effort.