Adani will focus on sourcing employees for its Carmichael coal project workforce from regional Queensland and will not use foreign workers on 457 visas.
The proposed development overcame another hurdle earlier this week when the Queensland Government approved a rail line and workers camp for the project – its final major state or federal government approval.
Adani chairman Gautam Adani visited Townsville yesterday with Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who said the Indian company had committed to establishing all its project offices in regional areas.
“The coal will be mined in regional Queensland by regional Queenslanders,” Palaszczuk said.
“Importantly, Adani have committed to up to 600 new jobs in the next pre-construction phase of the project’s development and locations for staff.
“Adani had originally proposed to locate its project offices in Brisbane. I welcome the Adani commitment to locate them in our regions.”
Adani has also proposed to develop a $200 million solar project near Moranbah.