Charters Towers Regional Council is stepping forward to now ensure that the benefits flow to the region from the massive $16.5 billion Carmichael Mine and Rail projects which were given the go ahead this week.
Adani Australian chief executive Jeyakumar Janakaraj gave the “green light’ for the projects and Mayor Schmidt says she knows, first hand, these projects will bring benefits to the region for decades.
“I travelled to India in March for a two-day flying visit along with seven other regional mayors and the Premier as part of a North Queensland local government and business delegation on a familiarisation tour at the invitation of Adani.”
“That visit was an eye opener for all of us.”
“The visit also reinforced the strength of the Adani corporation and the opportunities they were offering Queensland and particularly North Queensland through the Carmichael mine project.”
Charters Towers has already been identified as on the route to transport heavy mining equipment from the Port of Townsville to the Carmichael mine site.
Businesses in the Charters Towers region are also likely to access opportunities as the mine construction phase ramps up to get involved in various aspects of contract work.
Cr Schmidt says Council representatives have also been part of Adani procurement seminars that have been recently staged.
“We attended these seminars to ensure we were up to date with every opportunity that was likely to come to the Charters Towers region when the Carmichael mine project development begins.”
The Carmichael mine site is in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland. The site is in the Isaac Regional Council region which adjoins the southern boundary of Charters Towers Regional Council.