Construction of a rail line to the new Carmichael Coal Mine would create up to 2400 jobs, according to Queensland deputy premier Jeff
The Carmichael mine, billed to be the biggest coal mine in
Australia, received federal environmental approval in July.
The rail line will connect the Galilee basin coal mining
precinct to the Abbott Point Terminal on the Queensland coast to facilitate
export of the coal.
Seeney said the two-year construction of the rail line would
bring an additional $790 million to the Mackay region economy, as well as $900
million to government.
The rail line will be capable of transporting 100 million
tonnes of coal each year.
The Carmichael development has met intense criticism from environmental
conservation groups, however Seeney has made assurances that developers will be
governed by strict environmental conditions to protect flora and fauna, water
and air quality, and noise emissions.
The conditions include provision for a Great Artesian Basin
Springs research plan, which must be submitted to the environment minister
three months prior to the excavation of the first box cut.
“The company must also submit final rail design and revised
flood modelling to the co-ordinator general before construction commences,” he
The Carmichael coal mine and rail project is worth a total
of $16.5 billion and is owned by indian miner Adani.
Adani must contribute $100,000 per year for 10 years for a
biodiversity fund aimed at the better protection and long term conservation of
EPBC Act listed species and communities.
At full export capacity, Carmichael will contribute $930
million to the Mackay region’s GDP, and $2.97 billion to the Queensland economy
each year for the next 60 years.