Today’s announcement of Townsville as the Regional Headquarters for the $16.5billion Carmichael coal project marks a new era for the region’s economy, with the promise of hundreds of jobs for locals before construction even commences.
Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the announcement, which will put Townsville at the forefront of the multi-billion dollar project, was the best Christmas gift the region could ever ask for.
“Coming on top of the Commonwealth Government’s ramping up of the Singapore Defence deal, and the Commonwealth funded Stadium and Eastern Rail Access Corridor, and Sun Metal’s expansion plans, the Adani deal heralds a new future for the region,” Senator Macdonald said.
“The flow-on effects of Adani’s decision to base their operations here in Townsville, including their Project Management Office, Remote Operating Centre for the mine and port services, is going to benefit just about every industry in the city.”
Senator Macdonald said this type of activity in the North is what the Northern Australia Whitepaper is all about.
“This justifies the Federal Coalition’s long-term support for Adani and coal exports, and the development of Abbott Point.”
Senator Macdonald said that according to Adani CEO, Jeyakumar Janakaraji,there would be between 500-600 jobs in the pre-construction phase alone, with today’s announcement signalling the start of that stage.
“By strategically placing their Project Service Centres across the region, in Emerald, Clermont, Moranbah, Collinsville and Charters Towers, and centralising their rail and port operations in Mackay and Bowen, this will ensure maximum benefit for those areas that have been hit most hard by the economic downturn.
“We will look back on today as the turning point for the regional recovery which will put Townsville and North Queensland at the forefront of the multi-billion dollar Adani project for years to come.”