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Canavan welcomes Adani's regional commitment

6 December 2016

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan has welcomed today’s announcement by the Adani Group that several regional communities will benefit from development of its Carmichael coal project.

“This is great news for regional Queensland and it will boost the Queensland and Australian economies,” Senator Canavan said.

“Up to 600 jobs will be provided by the pre-construction stage that begins with this announcement by Adani and the project is expected to provide 10,000 direct and indirect jobs as it rolls out.

“This is one of the reasons the Coalition Government remains such a strong supporter of development in the resources sector, including through projects such as Adani’s Carmichael mine.”

The Adani Group today announced that Townsville would be the site of the regional headquarters for the $16.5 billion project, while centres like Mackay, Bowen, Rockhampton, Emerald, Clermont, Moranbah, Collinsville and Charters Towers would also provide support services, creating significant employment opportunities.

“I met with Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani yesterday and discussed his plans for the development of mining, rail and port infrastructure,” Senator Canavan said.

“This is a massive project with enormous potential to provide jobs and growth in regional Queensland at a time when most other major resource projects have moved from the construction phase to the less labour-intensive production phase.

“Adani proposes to invest $16.5 billion in a 60-million tonnes per annum (mtpa) thermal coal mine, a 388-kilometre rail line to Abbot Point and a new 35-mtpa coal terminal at the port.

“All that infrastructure has to be built and operated, and that means jobs and income for thousands of families, especially in regional centres in Central and North Queensland. It’s great news.”

Senator Canavan said the Galilee Basin’s high-quality coal was an optimum fuel for the modern, highly-efficient electricity generators being built in India.

“Let’s not forget that, along with thousands of jobs in Queensland, our coal will provide electricity to 100 million people in India, significantly improving their quality of life as well.

Media contacts: Senator Canavan's office 02 6277 7180