Landry welcomes Adani's Clermont project sign off
THE Adani Project, about 160km from Clermont, will spell good news for the wider Central Queensland economy - Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said.
Ms Landry has welcomed Sunday's announcement that the Adani coal mine near Clermont has finally been granted a mining lease by the Queensland state government.
But she says the Palaszczuk government could have approved the project a lot sooner than now and allowed jobs to flow much earlier from the project.
"Adani estimates 10,000 jobs will be created over the lifetime of this project. The fact that the state has finally allowed a mining lease is very good news. But given the impact of the current mining downturn in Central Queensland, the Premier and her Labor Ministers could have made this decision much earlier," Ms Landry said.
Ms Landry said the Adani project, about 160km from Clermont in Capricornia, will spell good news for the wider CQ economy - including the business and housing industries in Rockhampton and Mackay.
"There will be a direct boost in business confidence here as a result. But there are still a few hurdles ahead for the company itself," Ms Landry said.
Adani still have several court cases to face, but the project is looking far more positive to proceed now that the green light has been given by both the Commonwealth and state governments, she said.
Meanwhile, Ms Landry called on the state and federal governments to agree to fund the raising if Rookwood Weir near Rockhampton to create a further 2,100 jobs, on the condition that environmental approvals are satisfied.
"Rookwood is another important piece of job creating infrastructure that both the state and federal governments ought to commit funding towards, subject to EIS approvals", she said.