The Coordinator-General has set a timetable for the resolution of two outstanding approvals for Adani Group’s proposed Carmichael mine.
On Friday 24 May, the Coordinator-General advised that a decision on the Black-throated Finch Management Plan should be finalised by 31 May.
The Coordinator-General also announced that a decision on the Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem Management Plan should be wrapped up by 13 June.
Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palasczuk, said she expects all parties (including Adani and state agencies) to work cooperatively to finalise these matters in a timely fashion.
CEO of Adani Mining, Lucas Dow, said it is a positive step towards the construction of the mine and rail project.
“We will continue to uphold our end of the bargain and will undertake the necessary work to meet these timeframes, and we’re looking forward to the Queensland Government doing the same,” he said.
“This will bring the lengthy, independent and rigorous two-year review process for these management plans to an end.”
Adani Group’s proposed Carmichael Mine would be constructed in the North Galilee Basin, approximately 160 kilometres north-west of Clermont in regional Queensland.
If approved, the mine would produce 10 million tonnes of coal per annum in its first stage. The coal produced from Carmichael would then be transported to Abbot Point Port via a 200-kilometre rail line.
Adani states that in its initial ramp-up and construction phase, the Carmichael Project could generate more than 1,500 direct jobs on the mine and rail project and thousands of indirect jobs in places such as Rockhampton, Townsville, Mackay and the Isaac region.