Queensland’s Environment Department has two deadlines within the next three weeks to finish its approvals process for Adani’s Carmichael coal mine.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the regulator had until May 31 to reach a determination for the company’s Black-Throated Finch Management Plan and until June 13 on the groundwater management plan for the Galilee Basin site.
Ms Palaszczuk said the timeframes had been set by the independent Coordinator-General.
Adani Mining chief executive officer Lucas Dow said the company would work closely with the Queensland Government to achieve these timeframes and expected that the Department of Environment and Science (DES) would now finalise the plans within weeks not months.
“This is a positive step towards construction of the mine and rail project,” he said.
“We will continue to uphold our end of the bargain and will undertake the necessary work to meet these timeframes, and we’re looking forward to the Queensland Government doing the same.
“This will bring the lengthy, independent and rigorous two-year review process for these management plans to an end.”
Mr Dow said Adani was encouraged that the Coordinator-General would publish later today the Queensland Government’s target dates for finalising other project-related milestones.
“These project-related milestones include such things as the dates to finalise the royalties agreement, finalisation of the deed of access and sublease for the rail line and other relevant infrastructure agreements,” he said.
“We are determined to see this through for the benefit of Queensland and in particular for people in regional Queensland.”