Adani Mining has received its long-awaited approval for the black-throated finch management plan at the Carmichael coal development.
The management plan is now reportedly finalised and complies with the strict regulatory conditions set by the Australian and state governments.
“[Our] black-throated finch management plan has been the subject of a rigorous approvals process over the past two years that has involved experts from both the Queensland and Australian governments,” Adani chief executive Lucas Dow said.
“We are pleased that as part of this plan, 33,000 hectares of dedicated conservation land surrounding the mine site will be set aside and expertly managed to ensure an optimal habitat for the pinch and other local native species.”
Adani has added “more detail” to the management plan, including cattle grazing intensity, habitat and population management and also delivered updates to its ongoing research plan.
The company’s management plan for the indigenous bird species has been met with seven revisions and oppositions from the Queensland Government over the last two years.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last week urged the state’s Coordinator-General to set a timeline for the Carmichael mine approval.
Final decision on the black-throated finch management plan was then set to today (May 31) and the outstanding groundwater management plan on June 13.
“We are encouraged that the Queensland Government has met the recently-announced timeframe to finalise the plan. This brings our project a step closer to construction and to delivering much-needed jobs for regional Queenslanders,” Dow concluded.