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Adani coal mine must go ahead in wake of Coalition election win - Rockhampton mayor

Coal News - Published on Thu, 23 May 2019

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Rockhampton Mayor Ms Margaret Strelow said that Adani must get a "fair go" and be allowed to open up the Galilee Basin for "jobs to flow" in the central Queensland region. After the Coalition's federal election victory over the weekend, Cr Strelow said Adani should be given the proper treatment and allowed to proceed, for the Galilee Basin to open, for those jobs to flow, so that we as a community can start to build a long-term future. Cr Strelow said that "We've been very patient and I think Adani have too. Now it is time for the voice of Queensland to be heard. We are looking to see the Adani mine, the Galilee Basin, regional Queensland, get a fair go."

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Mr Ian Macfarlane said people living outside Brisbane had said they're not going to be told by southerners what to do. Mr Macfarlane said that "They want the same opportunities as other Australians. Queensland is about the resources industry as much as any other industry - we employ 315,000 Queenslanders. Central Queenslanders care as much about the future as any other Australians. We all want to see our emissions lower, we all want to see a situation where this planet and the world we live in is a better place, but we want to see it done in such a way that it's not people in regional Queensland that lose their jobs."

However, Mackay Conservation Group coordinator Mr Peter McCallum said pro-mining groups were using the election result to boost their campaigns. Mr McCallum said that "It's not surprising at all that Adani and the Queensland Resources Council are continuing to try to build pressure on the State Government to ignore the scientific evidence and simply approve the mine based on political pressure. The science of climate change doesn't change one bit based on an election outcome in Queensland or Australia or anywhere else in the world. We know that climate change is dangerous — it's going to put at risk many, many thousands of jobs on the reef. We don't think that this tale of jobs for everyone is a real one, and Adani isn't something that people should treat as a goose about to lay a golden egg for them."

Queensland's coordinator-general has approved the Adani mine with conditions. But the State Government said Adani needed to prove its compliance with the conditions. The Queensland Environment Department is still waiting on Adani to prove it can satisfy key requirements relating to water usage and nature conservation.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 23 May 2019
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