Carmichael project step closer with Abbot Point approval
THE CARMICHAEL coal project is a step closer, following a recent Abbot Point approval allowing it to increase coal exports.
Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Minister for Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said the approval, which was granted on April 26, would allow Adani to develop T0, and ultimately handle 70 million tonnes of coal a year.
At the moment, the ports' coal export capacity is 50 million tonnes.
Dr Lynham said the coordinator general was still assessing two remaining material change of use applications from Adani relating to rail infrastructure in the Galilee Basin State Development Area.
A Coordinator General spokesman said these remaining applications were likely to be determined in the next three to four months.
He also said there had been "positive progress" with traditional owners and native title claimants the Wangan and Jagalingou people.
He said they had voted in favour of the terms of an Indigenous land use agreement on April 16, which would now be lodged with the Native Title Tribunal.
"While Adani still requires a number of approvals, each of these steps brings the project closer to fruition," Dr Lynham said.
"We will uphold our election commitment to the people of Queensland not to fund rail lines for private commercial projects or dredging at Abbot Point with taxpayers' dollars."