Federal approval for a major coal project in the Galilee Basin comes as a major windfall for Queensland's mining industry.

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s approval of the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project, situated north-west of Clermont in the Galilee Basin, marks a major step forward for the $16.5 billion development, and arrives just two months after approval was granted by Queensland’s independent Coordinator General. The state government has hailed the…