The Queensland government will sign a deal on Monday to funnel taxpayers’ money into a rail line linking a mine to one of the world’s biggest coal ports near the Great Barrier Reef.
The government in August awarded approval to Indian mining giant Adani to build the 300km rail line linking the Carmichael Galilee Basin mine to the Abbot Point terminal.
It will be the biggest coal mine in Queensland.
The official signing of the deal comes after Premier Campbell Newman held talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Brisbane during the G20 summit.
Mr Newman also discussed other business opportunities for India, including investment in the controversial uranium industry after his government lifted a ban on mining the resource in 2012.
He also appealed to Mr Modi to encourage students from India to study in Queensland.
The pair will meet again on Monday morning when the premier hosts a business breakfast for Mr Modi in the Brisbane CBD.