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Whitsunday Regional Council says the recent Carmichael Mine Project Approval announced byFederal Environment Minister Greg Hunt yesterday helps give assurance for the proponents andthe proposed expansion of Abbot Point.
Mayor Jennifer Whitney said that since 2013, Council has unanimously resolved to fully supportthe development of Abbot Point, NQBP and its proponents for the future prosperity of the region,the state and the nation, subject to no adverse impacts.
“In supporting the development of Abbot Point we also support the Carmichael Mine Project and its associated rail corridor of which 80% will run through our local government area,
“While further approvals are yet to follow, this is a huge relief for many people in area withthousands of jobs to be generated and a strong economic stimulus for the region,
“It is extremely important there is the right balance between development of the project andminimising the impact on local environment which in our case is the Great Barrier Reef; it’spleasing to know that the conditions that have been imposed are to the highest environmentalstandards,”
“The next step will be for a decision to be handed down on the future of the Abbot Point expansion but in the meantime, this is great news for Central and North Queensland.”
Whitsunday Regional Council’s Corporate Plan that underwent extensive community consultation sets out 7 strategic priorities for focussing on regional and economic development including advocating for the continued development of the Port of Abbot Point and the Abbot Point State Development Area.
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