Adani starts huge advertising campaign for ‘fair go’ on Carmichael mine
Indian energy giant Adani has launched an advertising blitz asking on the Palaszczuk government to give them a “fair go” and approve its $2 billion Carmichael mine ASAP.
With the company becoming increasingly frustrated with the pace of final approvals by state and federal governments for the Central Queensland mine, Adani has taken the step of starting new a media campaign to try to win over the public because of the 14000+ Carmichael mine and rail project jobs that will be created.
But Adani executives have vowed “we’re not going away” and want to force the issue to be resolved before the election.
However, the Palaszczuk government said it would not be pressured to make a final decision on Adani until all outstanding assessments, including the black-throated finch debate had been completed.
“It’s time the Queensland government gave Adani a fair go”.
Adani announced on Monday that it is launching digital billboards across Brisbane and regional Queensland with the message, “It’s time the Queensland government gave Adani a fair go”.
Radio, television, newspapers and 90 office tower elevators in Brisbane will also be used in the campaign, which accuses the Palaszczuk government of shifting the goalposts in the approvals process for the Adani mine.
Adani – scaled-down version of Carmichael coal mine will go ahead
Indian energy giant Adani has repeatedly started its Carmichael mine and rail project in central Queensland will go ahead and be 100 per cent self-financed.
- Adani says in statement it has finance and is “ready to start”
- The announcement comes after environmental groups pressured banks not to lend money to the project
- Mining lobby group welcomes news, says the economy will benefit from thousands of new jobs
The proposed Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin has been scaled back from earlier plans, following years of legal and environmental battles in the court rooms and out in the community.
Adani Mining chief executive officer Lucas Dow said the flagship thermal coal mine would begin small and “ramp up” to a capacity of 27.5 million tonnes per year, which is 50% less than the initial estimations.
“We have the money and we are ready to start,” Mr Dow said.
“Adani will now begin developing a smaller open-cut mine comparable to many other Queensland coal mines and will ramp up production over time.”
Queensland mining communities are ‘frustrated’
Adani Mining chief executive Lucas Dow said thousands of mining jobs for Queenslanders and much-needed investment in the Galilee Basin location was being held up by the Palaszczuk government.
“We’re ready to go. We have the money, we have 14,500 workers who want to get started and we have the plan to start,” Mr Dow said.
All of the approvals are done – now only needs for the government to get out of the way.
Mr Dow said regional communities across Queensland were getting frustrated with the delays, saying they wanted to take advantage of the new mining jobs that would flow from opening up the frontier Galillee Basin and the Carmichael mine.
“The desperation for these jobs at Adani Carmichael mine is real. We get enquiries on our email, website and social media channels every day,” he said. Adani has 14,500 people who had lodged expressions of interest for the Carmichael mine.
Adani had been keen to start construction on the Carmichael mine before Christmas after it secured funding for its scaled-back mine.
“The Department of Environment and Science is diligently working through the approvals process free from political interference. We’ve always said this proposal – like all projects – needs to stack up environmentally and financially before it proceeds.”
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