Published: 22 May 2019
The Palaszczuk Government must ensure its Friday deadline brings to an end the delays and uncertainty for the final approvals on the Adani Carmichael mine, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.
“The Adani Carmichael mine has been undergoing its approvals process for nine years. In 2010 the Bligh Government announced the Coordinator General’s awarding of ‘Significant Project’ status for the Adani mine,” Mr Macfarlane said.
“Since then the project has undergone comprehensive assessment in Queensland and in Canberra.
“Like all projects, it has followed the normal processes for approvals. All projects deserve a fair go.”
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the Coordinator-General will line up a meeting between Adani Australia and the independent regulator tomorrow to finalise a timeline for outstanding approvals for the Carmichael mine. While Adani had faced an approvals process just like any other resources project in Queensland, it was clear the process was taking too long, she said.
“The community is sick of it, I’m sick of it, everyone is sick of the delays,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Everyone has had more than enough time to resolve these issues and for some reason that has not occurred. That all ends now.”
Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow has welcomed today’s announcement, coming in the lead-up to a planned Day of Action in that city on Friday.
“I want to thank Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for the strong leadership she has demonstrated today in making this call,” Cr Strelow said.
“Her comments today that she’s had enough is exactly how regional Queensland feels about this project and we all look forward to a definitive timeline being announced this Friday to give certainty for everyone involved.”
But Adani Mining says that if approval of the outstanding management plans for Carmichael mine was not concluded in two weeks this was simply just another delaying tactic.
Chief executive officer Lucas Dow said the company had been asking for clarity of process and timing from the Queensland Labor Government in relation to the approvals of our outstanding management plans for more than seven months now.
“We are looking forward to receiving a call from the Coordinator General so we can meet first thing tomorrow morning, and at that meeting I will be seeking the timeline for approving the two outstanding management plans come to a conclusion within the next two weeks,” he said.
“Any timeframe for a decision on these outstanding management plans longer than the next two weeks is nothing more than another delaying tactic by the Queensland Labor Government designed to delay thousands of jobs for regional Queenslanders."