Adani Carmichael Mine Approved
After almost a decade since the opportunity was first presented to the Townsville community, the Adani Carmichael Mine was approved.
Adani Mining received advice from the Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science that the Carmichael Mine’s Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Management Plan has been finalised and approved. This signals the end of the project’s approval process and the beginning of a new era for regional Queensland.
Across the past eight years, the Townsville community’s position on this project has not wavered. It has remained committed to seeing this opportunity through to usher in a new era for regional Queensland, creating jobs and economic opportunities today, tomorrow, and for decades to come.
As a community, Townsville has been through the trenches supporting the Adani project because it knew what the broader opportunities meant for the region. The community was ridiculed for its unashamedly supportive position, but the community and businesses dug their heels in and said that they would not be silenced, nor dictated to by minority interest groups.
By uniting with the neighbouring regions and industry bodies like the Queensland Resources Council, the community made a collective decision to stand up in the face of professional organised activists. The message was clear and consistent – they were not going to cop being denied jobs and told that their campaign was more important than putting food on the table for their families.
This decision and efforts to get the rest of the Galilee projects on track will help restore Queensland’s investment certainty, and that projects are approved on merit, and not determined by the noise of anti-business activists. The Carmichael Mine is one of many important projects that are required to build a strong future for jobs in Queensland, and importantly North Queensland at a time so desperately needed.
Adani Mining CEO Lucas Dow welcomed the announcement saying, “The finalisation of the GDEMP and Black-throated Finch Management Plan paves the way for construction to commence on the Carmichael Project and the delivery of much needed jobs for regional Queenslanders.”
He also acknowledged the support the project received across the past eight years where “regional Queenslanders have been beside us every step of the way and we thank them for their ongoing support.”
The Townsville community is in deep gratitude to all of its media partners, particularly the Townville Bulletin and Senator Matt Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia for consistent position supporting this project and the opening of the Galilee Basin.
The Adani approval announcement, in conjunction with North Queensland’s recent wins of nearly $500 million in water and further investment into key projects, are all vital to getting the region back on its feet. It is ultimately a win for business certainty and real jobs, real local investment and real local supplier contracts will flow from the announcement.
To view Adani Mining’s official media statement follow this link.