ADANI's Caramichael Coal mine is "an opportunity we need to grab", according to Rockhampton mayor, Margaret Strelow.
Cr Strelow was speaking at the sold out Bowen Basin Mining Club's Adani Supplier Roadshow this morning, with 300 businesses attending and many keen to put their name forward to be included if the proposed mine goes ahead.
The Roadshow outlined sub-contracting and supply chain organisations for the Adani Mine, Rail and Port projects.
Rockhampton Region mayor Margaret Strelow said Adani had been "honourable" to deal with, despite claims last year for the potential for tax evasion from the mining giant by the Australian Greens.
"It is a great opportunity for us and our children, we need to grab it," Ms Strelow said.
"Adani are in town to explain to our business and mining service community how they can provide their services to the mine when it does open.
"We are really keen for our businesses who have worked with the mines before.
"It does feel very real now. We have had a lot to do with Adani over the last six months and I have been quite pleased. I have found them honourable to deal with."
Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry was enthusiastic about the event's success, and reflected on the tough economic times faced by Central Queensland off the back of the mining downturn.
"Times have been tough, the mining industry has certainly gone through difficult times. Now if we can secure the FIFO Hub and get a lot of businesses on board through this project, it really will be fantastic for CQ," she said.
"This is something the people of Central Queensland have been waiting for, for a long time."
The MP said she was looking forward to the future prospects the proposed mine would bring.
But not all were so positive.
Protesters made their presence known at the event today, opposing the coal mine based on environmental implications and indigenous ownership.
The roadshow will continue to Emerald this afternoon, and Mackay and Clermont tomorrow.
More to follow.
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