More delays for Abbot Point coal facility

Dredging at Abbot Point will be delayed further until the incoming Queensland government takes a position on port expansion and rail infrastructure.

The Federal Government has delayed the decision on dredge spoil dumping, which may delay shipping from the Carmichael project by an additional 12 moths thanks to stipulations on the port expansion which only allow dredging during months from March to June.

The Labor Party, expected to win Government once vote counting from the Queensland elections is complete, have refused to fund the rail corridor from the Galilee Basin to Abbot Point, funding which was promised by the LNP with the aid of state asset sales.

Federal LNP member for Dawson George Christensen has said he will lead a delegation of representatives from business and community to discuss the Carmichael project with Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Christensen has said he does not want the project held up, as it will provide a much needed boost to the local economy, as well as increased demand for labour.

"In my mind, the only way it's going to happen as quickly as possible is if the current application for the Abbot Point coal terminal expansion that's before the Federal Government is allowed to continue and is allowed to be approved," he said.

"Hopefully they will listen to these members of the community and what they're saying.

Queensland Resources Council CEO Michael Roche has said the new government should ensure the project goes ahead.

"Everyone in industry and government knows there is a huge need for a shot in the arm of confidence for communities like Mackay and the broader Bowen Basin," he said.

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