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    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Economic Development
    The Honourable Bill Byrne
    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    Carmichael FIFO hub decision a welcome boost for Townsville, Rockhampton

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Economic Development
    The Honourable Bill Byrne

    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    Thursday, October 05, 2017

    Carmichael FIFO hub decision a welcome boost for Townsville, Rockhampton

    The Palaszczuk Government has today welcomed Adani Australia’s decision to pick both Townsville and Rockhampton as the cities to host fly-in fly-out (FIFO) hubs for the Carmichael Coal project in the State’s Galilee Basin.

    Agriculture Minister and Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said the Palaszczuk Government had called for Adani to select both cities as FIFO hubs.

    “When the Premier met Adani Chairman Gautam Adani last year, she secured a series of commitments about its workforce,” Mr Byrne said.

    “At that time, Adani confirmed the shortlist for a FIFO hub was Rockhampton and Townsville, with a decision due this year coinciding with the start of early works.”

    Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland and Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’Rourke said it was welcome news for Townsville locals that Adani had selected their city as one of the projects FIFO locations.

    “The rivalry between Townsville and Rockhampton is long-standing, and both Councils have worked with Adani making their case to be a FIFO Hub,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

    “The Mayors both travelled to India with the Premier earlier this year to make their case to Adani’s Chairman and senior management,” she said.

    “Our focus has been to maximise the jobs it will generate, directly and indirectly, and see the benefits from this project spread right across regional Queensland.”

    In December last year, Adani committed to the Premier that: 

    • regional headquarters would be based in Townsville, and it was opened on 6 June this year;
    • remote operations centre will be in Townsville;
    • rail and port operations headquarters will be in Bowen;
    • mining services based in Mackay;
    • rail maintenance and provisioning yard in the Mackay-Bowen region; and
    • project sourcing centres in Townsville, Charters Towers, Rockhampton, Emerald, Clermont and Moranbah.

    Mrs O’Rourke said the Carmichael Coal and Rail Project would provide a welcome boost for the local jobs and the North Queensland economy while ensuring strict environmental protections-

    “There are now almost 270 strict conditions on this project to protect the natural environment and the interests of landholders and traditional owners,” she said.

    Media contact:          Benjamin Mulcahy 0419 562 389 (O’Rourke) and Tim Auguston 0417 768 626 (Byrne)