Global resources giant Adani is a step closer to being granted a lease for its $16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee basin.
Adani announced it had reached a compensation agreement with the last remaining landholder at the proposed site.
State Development Minister Anthony Lynham told parliament his department was awaiting confirmation from Adani that the confidential agreement could “now be filed in accordance with the Mineral Resources Act”.
“Once that occurs I will be able to consider the application for the mining leases in the same way as for any other project,” Dr Lynham said.
“Statutory assessments and the decision-making process must be robust and comprehensive and that’s to minimise any risk of legal challenge.”
It comes after the parliament agreed to a motion that all state government approvals be provided to help create jobs.
It prompted the opposition in parliament to pressure Dr Lynham to grant the mining lease.
But Dr Lynham said it wasn’t that easy and hit out at opposition mines spokesman Andrew Cripps for claiming the lease could be granted once the project received environmental approval and before landholder agreements were finalised.
“If that was the case – if he had been in charge – God help Queensland,” Dr Lynham said.
“Because Adani would have been in court, he would have been in court.”
Dr Lynham last month said he also wanted to wait for the outcome of two judicial reviews, involving an environmental challenge and native title claim, to give Adani certainty.