Resource giant Adani has declared victory over environmentalists who tried to stop the $ 2 billion coal mine in central Queensland.
The CEO of the Indian company, David Boshoff, says the Carmichael project in the Galilee Basin has already created 1,500 jobs, despite continued opposition from green and indigenous groups.
“The Stop Adani movement said our project would never go ahead and never create a single job. We have proved our opponents wrong,” Boshoff said in a statement Friday.
His remarks come a week after the Brisbane Supreme Court ordered lead activist Ben Pennings to remove social media posts from 2017 and 2018 and encourage people to get a job with Adani to get information about the coal project they are fighting against the company. can use.
Mr. Pennings, who heads the blockade of Galilee, was also instructed to stop asking others to provide him with information about the project or to use any confidential information obtained in his campaigns.
Mr. Boshoff said Adani helped support the resource sector and state economy during the pandemic, delivering 88 percent of contracts in Queensland.
He said that with 1,500 jobs already, more permanent roles will be created when the mine and rail line are in operation.
“We look forward to the day next year when we can celebrate our success with our partners and employees in Queensland, as we watch the first batch of coal being exported. Until then, construction will continue at full speed,” said Boshoff.
Meanwhile, the miner says it has managed to protect a traditional cultural heritage after workers cutting grass for the railroad found it last weekend.
The Jangga people, the traditional owners of the area, told the company that the site is believed to be a women’s quarry, used to make tools, and may be thousands of years old.
Mr. Boschoff said the company has moved a vehicle access track to the railroad with Jangga’s permission, which will protect the site.
“This is a great result for both the Jangga people and Adani,” he said.
“The delivery of the Carmichael project has enabled the Jangga people to further explore their land and discover more about their own rich history and culture.”