Adani gets green light on finch management plan
Chief executive officer Lucas Dow said Adani Mining received advice today from the Department of Environment and Science that the Black-Throated Finch Management Plan for the mine was now finalised.
“We are encouraged that the Queensland Government has met the recently-announced timeframe to finalise the plan. This brings our project a step closer to construction and to delivering much-needed jobs for regional Queenslanders,” Mr Dow said.
“The Black-Throated Finch Management Plan has been the subject of a rigorous approvals process over the past two years that has involved experts from both the Queensland and Australian Governments.
“The plan was developed by ecological experts and is backed by the best available science to ensure the finch is protected and that the species can co-exist with mining operations.”
He said 33,000ha of dedicated conservation land would be set aside surrounding the mine site.
“Following recent scientific advice from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science we have added more detail to the Black-throated Finch Management Plan on items such as cattle grazing intensity, habitat and population management and also delivered updates to our ongoing research plan,” Mr Dow said.
The department last week was given deadlines to finalise its approvals processfor Adani’s Carmichael coal mine.
It now has until June 13 to reach a determination on the groundwater management plan for the Galilee Basin site.
The timeframes were set by the independent Coordinator-General after direct intervention by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who said ‘everyone is sick of the delays.’