News of the final environmental approval being signed off for construction of the Carmichael mine marks an historic day for Queensland, says federal Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan.
“It has been more than 50 years since a new coal basin has opened in Queensland. so this development is of huge importance to the economic future of Queensland,” Senator Canavan said.
“When the Bowen Basin opened in the 1960s, it transformed Central Queensland. Opening up a new basin in Galilee promises similar development and opportunity.
“Now we need to work together at all levels of government to deliver this opportunity to all workers, small businesses, indigenous Australians and local communities.”
Senator Canavan called on the Queensland Government to help facilitate the other mines in the Galilee to get more jobs going.
Australian Resources and Energy Group AMMA also voiced confidence that
today’s final approval would open up ‘the enormous development potential of the resources-rich Galilee Basin’.
Chief executive Steve Knott said AMMA would like to congratulate Adani on its patience and persistence, and for successfully complying with some of the most stringent environmental conditions for any project anywhere in the world.
“We have seen in the recent Queensland Government the huge importance of resources royalties to fund the state’s schools, hospitals, roads and other community infrastructure,” he said.
“The enormous contribution of the resources sector to our national prosperity was further demonstrated in the 2019 Federal Budget.
“The Adani project will inject billions of dollars into the Queensland economy, provide thousands of jobs and countless opportunities for small and medium businesses along the supply chain.”
The Queensland Resources Council said finalisation of the Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Management Plan for Carmichael coal mine meant the project could now get underway and start delivering returns to Queensland.
“The Adani Carmichael mine is one of six in the Galilee Basin that could create tens of thousands of jobs in construction and operation and deliver billions of dollars in royalties over their working life span,”
QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.
“Mining jobs are typically highly skilled, high-tech and high-paying, and they support local communities across Queensland. The mining sector also provides economic returns and career opportunities for Indigenous Australians.”
He called on the Queensland Parliament to act swiftly to reject the Greens’ ‘job-destroying’ Mineral Resources (Galilee Basin) Amendment Bill 2018 which aims to ban all mining in the Galilee.
“The Adani project has undergone eight years of planning and assessment at both the State and Commonwealth level,” Mr Macfarlane said.
“Everyone should accept this ruling and let the project proceed. Queenslanders have sent a very clear message that the stalling tactics of activists must stop.
“Central Queenslanders and North Queenslanders are ready to get on with these jobs and deliver for our entire state.”