An appeal filed this week against the granting of mining leases for Adani’s Carmichael coal project in the Galilee Basin highlights the urgent need for the government to overhaul the approvals process, according to the Queensland Resources Council.
“We could almost hear an audible groan from regional Queenslanders today (April 13) when they heard that Adani is facing yet another legal roadblock after already having been the subject of multiple legal actions,” QRC acting chief executive Greg Lane said.
“The announcement of another appeal lodged by an Indigenous group adds yet another delay to the vital job-generating project that regional Queenslanders are relying on after the massive downturn in the resources sector.
“Even the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham has said, ‘everyone deserves their day in court, but not four years in court,’ and even he conceded after the Adani decision that the project was likely to face further legal hurdles.”
An Adani spokesman said the latest legal challenge reinforced the company’s prudence in pointing to the ongoing need for approvals and appeals certainty for its projects in Queensland, and in particular its timeline for moving to the construction phase, pending the conclusion of anticipated appeals.
“In this instance, the proposed action challenging the granting of the leases is being brought by a minority element as opposed to the wider group of 12 authorised applicants of the Wanjan and Jagalingou people. So this appeal is not representative of the full W & J group,” he said.
“Adani continues to work constructively and respectfully with the full group of W & J applicants to finalise the proposed Indigenous Land Use Agreement in accordance with the legitimate statutory process.”