The Queensland Government says it has secured commitments from Indian energy giant Adani that the massive Carmichael coal mine and rail project will be built and operated by Australians.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on December 6 said Adani had agreed to not source any of its Carmichael workforce via foreign 457 visas.
The Premier said Adani had also committed to establish all its project offices in regional Queensland, with rail and port operations to be based in Bowen, and a rail maintenance and provisioning yard to be built within the Mackay-Bowen region.
“I have always made it clear: the jobs from the Carmichael Coal project are for Queenslanders,” Palaszczuk said.
“Importantly, Adani have committed to up to 600 new jobs in the next pre-construction phase of the project’s development and locations for staff.
“My Government has been determined for this project to create as many jobs for regional Queensland as possible.”
Adani had originally proposed to locate its project offices in Brisbane, but has now agreed to have its regional headquarters and remote operations centre, in Townsville.
“My Government was worked with Adani to ensure the project went through a rigorous and comprehensive assessment process for the mine, rail and port development,” the Premier continued.
“We promised the people of Queensland, at the last election, that we would protect the Great Barrier Reef and Caley Valley Wetlands from disposal of dredged spoil from the Abbot Point port expansion.”
“We also promised the Queensland Government, on behalf of taxpayers, would not fund project infrastructure.”
“We have delivered our commitments and now we look forward to the thousands of new jobs – direct and indirect – to be delivered from the Carmichael Coal project.”