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 decision as providing a critical boost to the Queensland economy as well as regional employment prospects.

“More jobs now are now being created in Queensland than in any other state, giving workers and their families a secure and bright future,” said Jeff Seeney, Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning. “Our strong plan is putting Queensland back on track to becoming the nation’s leading economy once again.”

Jeff Seeney, Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development

Jeff Seeney, Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development

According to Seeney, the Carmichael project could eventually become the largest coal mine in the country, as well as one of the biggest in the world, and will lay the foundations for further exploitation of the immense resources potential of the Galilee Basin.

The project is expected to create as many as 2,500 construction jobs and 3,900 operational jobs, as well as generate over $500 million annually in both direct and indirect benefits for the Queensland economy during the development phase, and nearly $3 billion when operating at full export capacity.

The proponents of the mine, the Adani Group, envisage the use of a combination of open-cut and underground mining to produce as many as 60 million tonnes of thermal coal per annum for export abroad.

Seeney said that the the stringent requirements attending the approval, which include 36 Commonwealth and 190 state government environmental conditions, will mean that the construction and operation of the project will not significantly affect water supplies in the Great Artesian Basin or the biodiversity of the local environment.

“Should the mine proceed, Queenslanders can be assured its impact on the environment will be minimised,” said Seeney.





  • The image says it all. How can this approval be promoted in any sense as good for Queensland, Australia, or our global future? Look at the loss of ecosystems evident in the image, then imagine the further loss of natural capital from the rail link, the port, and the undoubted damage to the Great Barrier Reef. If that's not enough then vision the added greenhouse gases from burning that much coal, and imagine our world 3 or more degrees celsius hotter. It should be reported as a criminal decision, not something wonderful……. The word "exploitation" says it well. When are politicians going to realise that "minimisation" still means permanent LOSS of our natural and social capital (that can never be replaced by money).

  • This is coal mine has a two word business plan: moral hazard. Seeney and the rest of the ministers ought to be arrested for approving this. While the world moves away from coal, the incumbents are allowed to bring shame on our nation. And consider this, the carbon footprint of 60m tons of coal is around 240 million tons per annum – equivalent to the carbon footprint of the nation of fiji. The government subsidies for this ecocidal project could have been better used to subsidise clean energy which would have created many, many more jobs. Marc Howe – read up on ecological sustainability before you next pen an apology for the fossil fuel industry.

  • When will the work start so as I can get a job as I am sick of being out of work.

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