Adani Carmichael mine gets environmental approval

AdanimineThe Department of Environment and Heritage Protection yesterday issued the Carmichael mine its final Environmental Authority (EA).
 
There were around 140 conditions, with nine of them applying to the black throated finch environmentalist groups went to court over.
 
“(The Department) is confident the strict conditions placed on the EA, including extra requirements based on the Land Court’s recommendations, will ensure this mine will not pose an unacceptable risk to the environment and any potential impacts will be closely monitored,” the statement says.
Mayor Frank Beveridge says if the mine is built it’ll be a good outcome for the town.
“Council is encouraged to find that Adani have moved one step closer to starting the project,” he says.
“This will have a huge flow-on effect on the region including Charters Towers, if and when it happens.”
The Mayor says the supply chain going through our town from Townsville will create a number freight jobs locals could utilise.
 
Locals in town have also reacted positively to the news.
 
“It’s very positve and i wish they’d hurry up and get it happening,” shop owner Diana said.
 
“We really need it, the district needs it for work…Charters Towers has still got to get some benefits even though it’s down the highway towards Clermont,” says Marg.
 
“I think it’ll improve the economy, Queensland is in dire straits in terms of jobs…there’s so many people here (Charters Towers) who need jobs,” says Madonna White.
 
On their Facebook site Adani Australia says the State Government now need to act in providing a mining lease without further delays.
 
“Progress on these approvals is crucial in ensuring the jobs and economic benefits from these projects can flow to regional Queensland at a time these opportunities are sorely needed,” it says.
 
Environmentalist groups such as Greenpeace have released statements condemning the decision by Minister for Environment Steven Miles.