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Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox today welcomed the State Government’sdecision to invoke special powers to ensure the controversial Carmichael coal and rail projectstarts next year.
“The decision by the Palaszczuk Government to declare the combined mine, rail and associatedwater projects as critical infrastructure is a massive boost for our region and another positive sign that the mining sector is far from dead.
“By declaring the project as critical infrastructure, it will mean less red tape for the proposed $21billion Adani venture and make the proposed start date of late next year more realistic.
Mayor Willcox said the last few months had been full of good news for our region with theannouncement of two large scale solar generation projects in Collinsville and now the Adaniproject creating further positive vibe within the Whitsunday Region.
State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the Government had invoked special powers and the project's special "prescribed project" status had been renewed and expanded to include its water infrastructure.
"This step bundles together major elements of the project for the first time — the mine, the 389-kilometre rail line, and the water infrastructure, including a pipeline, pumping stations and a damupgrade," he said.
"This Government is serious about having the Adani mine in operation, we want this to happen."Dr Lynham said the progress on the project had been achieved while protecting the Great Barrier Reef and meeting Queensland and Commonwealth environmental impact assessmentrequirements.
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