Gladstone industry groups back Adani's CQ FIFO hub deal
THE confirmation of Rockhampton's status as a FIFO hub has been welcomed by industry groups but rejected by Gladstone Regional Council.
During the submission process for the FIFO hub, Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett wrote to the mining giant in support of Rockhampton's bid.
In the letter, Cr Burnett said support was subject to "engineering firms and construction workforce operating or living within the Gladstone Regional Council area are included when determining the local content for the FIFO hub".
But this condition was not honoured.
Meanwhile Gladstone industry groups say it's a good opportunity for businesses keen for contract work at the multi-billion dollar mine and rail project.
Gladstone Engineering Alliance chief executive Carli Homann said Gladstone's proximity to the FIFO hub was a positive.
"Over the last month Adani have been releasing work packages with many more expected in the near future and the GEA have been working with Adani to ensure our members and local businesses in the region are at the forefront of those packages and we've also been working to meet the regional participant local content policy with Adani to make it a smooth process," Mrs Homann said.
"Adani's support for the region will also been shown at the GEA Major Industry Conference next Thursday where Adani General Manager of Corporate Affairs and Business Development Raj Guruswamy will inform industry about the Carmichael mine and rail project and how local businesses can participate in their local content policy and have access to tender for future work packages."
GLADSTONE businesses can reap the rewards of the jobs bonanza coming for central Queensland as mining juggernaut Adani announces a neighbouring city as one of two FIFO hubs.
Adani executives are expected to name Rockhampton and Townsville as joint fly-in-fly-out worker hubs for the Carmichael Mine project near Clermont this morning.
Gladstone Industry Leadership Group chief executive Patrick Hastings said the move had great flow on effects for our region.
"This gives an opportunity for Gladstone locals to be employed on the Adani project via the FIFO hub for Rockhampton," he said.
"I think given the position Gladstone is in at the moment, this creates a great opportunity."
Mr Hastings said Gladstone's skilled workforce and businesses were well-equipped to help build and run the mine and rail project.
"We've gone through the massive construction phase of three LNG projects, we have a vast range of skills," he said.
The split FIFO decision guarantees 2200 of the project's 3300 construction jobs will go to Rockhampton and Townsville regions (1100 each), meaning workers will have to prove they live in either council area.
The deal, announced days after the miner come under fire for its financial dealings in India during an ABC Four Corners report, also secures each region 625 of the $16.5billion mine's 1250 operating jobs for the next 30 years.
The combined construction (1100) and ongoing mine positions (625) means 1725 new jobs for the Rockhampton region.
The deals also means Townsville and Rockhampton will cough up $15.5million each towards the mine's airport
The Queensland Government has welcomed Adani's decision to select Rockhampton and Townsville as its FIFO hubs.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she had urged Adani to select both and ensure the economic benefit and jobs from the project were maximised in regional Queensland.
In December last year, the Premier secured a commitment from Adani to not use foreign workers on 457 visas.