Indian mining giant Adani has confirmed a local workforce for its Carmichael Coal project.
Speaking from Townsville where she met with Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani on Tuesday, Premier Annastasia Palaszczuk said Adani had also committed to establish all its project offices in regional Queensland.
“The coal will be mined in regional Queensland by regional Queenslanders,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“I have always made it clear: the jobs from the Carmichael Coal project are for Queenslanders. I am pleased Mr Adani has committed to do just that.
“Importantly, Adani have committed to up to 600 new jobs in the next pre-construction phase of the project’s development and locations for staff.
“Adani had originally proposed to locate its project offices in Brisbane. I welcome the Adani commitment to locate them in our regions.”
Adani confirmed that regional headquarters and a remote operations centre will be based in Townsville, rail and port operations headquarters will be based in Bowen, and mining services will be based in Mackay.
A rail maintenance and provisioning yard will be located in the Mackay-Bowen region, and project sourcing centres in Townsville, Charters Towers, Rockhampton, Emerald, Clermont and Moranbah.
The Premier also welcomed Adani’s proposal to establish a $200 million large-scale solar project near Moranbah.
The Carmichael Coal mine would provide greater access to electricity security for the people of India.
Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said the announcement would be an economic shot in the arm for businesses across the state.
“The effects of this project will ripple through our regional economies, whether it’s the mining engineering businesses, the construction materials suppliers, the aircraft maintenance crews or the caterers feeding the work crews,” he said.
“The resources sector provides $2 billion annually in royalties to fund our hospitals and schools: the Carmichael ripple effect will be felt state-wide.”