The Queensland Government has reinforced that it will not provide funds to Adani for the development of the Carmichael coal mine and infrastructure.
Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Anthony Lynham, was forced to defend this position following a report that the state government was considering funding road access to the controversial Galilee Basin development.
According to an ABC report, the Queensland Government was negotiating to take control of about 90km of roads that would need to be upgraded for access to the Carmichael site. The upgrade would cost the government an estimated $100 million if the transfer was made.
However, Minister Lynham dismissed the report, which was generated from government documents obtained by the ABC.
“There are currently no proposals about roads and Adani being considered by the government,” Lynham said.
“Our election commitment stands: this project will not involve the direct expenditure of public funds in the project or in directly related economic infrastructure.
“Adani’s approvals require the cost of infrastructure to be met by Adani.”
The Queensland Government has consistently supported development of the Carmichael mine, while maintaining a stance that it will not providing funding.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has also pushed this agenda to a federal level. In December 2017, the Premier sent a letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull requesting a veto on a $1 billion concessional loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) for Adani’s proposed railway project.
Engineering firm AECOM is also no longer involved in the creation of the $2.2 billion rail link, having pulled out of the project earlier this year.