OFFICIAL: Galilee Basin mining has Queensland government support
It’s official – the Queensland government supports the development of mining in the Galilee Basin. The Queensland Resources Council last week welcomed the clarification from the Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt on ABC radio.
Despite earlier conflicting stories suggesting that Mr Pitt could not care less about the Adani Carmichael Mine going ahead, turning his spotlight more on suggesting jobs in aged care, health and disability jobs could replace highly skilled and well-paid mining jobs in Queensland.
The viewpoint of Mr. Pitt delivered a crushing blow for everyone in the industry who was looking for continued support for Adani from the Qld government. His outburst did not send a good signal to both Adani Mining and the resources sector overall.
Queensland government commitment to the development of the Galilee Basin
However, during the treasurer`s interview with Steve Austin, he reaffirmed the Queensland government`s commitment to the development of the Galilee Basin, and reiterated his unwavering support of Adani`s proposed Carmichael Mine and rail project.
Mr Pitt also said he was upbeat about the expansion of Abbot Point and said he was making good progress talking with Federal Treasurer Mr. Hockey to enable a taxpayer-funded joint venture construction of a multi-user rail line that could connect the Galilee Basin to the Queensland port near Bowen.
“The Galilee Basin needs a first mover investor to enable this vital rail and port infrastructure to become a reality”, said† Pitt.
“It is no secret that our sector is in a downturn, and now, more than ever, we need support from government to get new projects up and running, rather than the rhetoric from the likes of Greens Senator Larissa Waters.”
Senator Waters has been on a mission to play down the resources sector and has made it obvious that she is the one who is opposed to jobs for Queenslanders.