Adani Obfuscation Must Cease

Wednesday 22 May, 2019 | By: Dan Petrie and Thomas Birkbeck

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has joined with the Mackay Region Chamber of Commerce today to welcome the announcement by Queensland Premier, Annastascia Palaszcuk, on establishing a timeline in relation to the proposed Adani mine for the Carmichael region, in conjunction with Adani, Department of Environment and Coordinator-General Barry Broe.

 

The proposed Adani mine has complied with every environmental requirement made of the company and is seeking to start work on a project which is vital to the prospect of regional Queensland.

 

Mackay Region Chamber of Commerce president, Victoria Gracie said the premier’s announcement while positive is one that businesses in the region remain somewhat skeptical for a project that has been in the approvals process for the last decade.

 

“As the region which provides the earnings that pay for large parts of the state’s essential services the premier’s announcement is timely following the election results over the weekend.

 

“Small businesses, particularly in Mackay need these projects and one has to remember that mining has had a transformative effect on the region more broadly,” Ms Gracie said.

 

CCIQ Head of Media, Dan Petrie said business certainty and indeed confidence in Central and Northern Queensland has fallen on the back of perceived obfuscation by the state government.

 

“While the premier offered a path forward it is fair to say that frustration is what many in the business community feel across the state is palpable.

 

“Queensland is a resources state and it is incumbent upon policy makers to not only acknowledge that fact but champion the industry that underpins so much of the country’s prosperity,” Mr Petrie said.  

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