ADANI EXPLAINED: 1500 jobs for Rocky
ROCKHAMPTON Regional Mayor Margaret Strelow said the city offered a deal mining giant Adani just "couldn't walk past”.
In a coup for the region, Rockhampton has been shortlisted as a FIFO hub for the company's Charmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin.
While a final decision won't be announced until early next year, Cr Strelow (pictured) was yesterday confident Rockhampton had claimed a major prize in the race for a slice of the Adani action.
Cr Strelow said the FIFO hub was expected to generate up to 1500 jobs in each centre.
"We don't expect it to start at that level, but the reality is there will be a plane flying from Rockhampton directly on to the mine site and a plane flying from Townsville directly on to the mine site,” she said.
"In a competition, which there absolutely was between the three cities (Townsville, Rockhampton and Mackay), there were two prizes and we won one.
"This is the renaissance of Rockhampton as a major mining centre.
"We're absolutely delighted and committed to supporting Adani as they pull this project together now.”
Adani has also committed to sourcing their workforce wholly from regional Queensland, with a commitment to not hiring any foreign workers on 457 visas.
Adani Australia CEO Jeyakumar Janakaraj said support services and workers would be employed from towns including Emerald, Clermont, Moranbah, Collinsville and Charters Towers.
This will be supplemented with goods, services and labour from Rockhampton, Mackay and Townsville.
Townsville will house the company's regional headquarters and project management offices, while Mackay will become the headquarters for rail and port operations.
Capricornia MP Michelle Landry said the message from Adani was clear, with Rockhampton "very well placed to host this FIFO hub”.
"Adani's proposal gives Rockhampton and Central Queensland a real opportunity to revitalise our local economy.
"It will create thousands of construction and mining jobs in our region, which will in-turn pump millions of dollars into local shops and small businesses.”
Ms Landry said the city needed a united political front to secure the FIFO hub.
Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne also threw his support behind the city, which he said had businesses and individuals with the mining experience Adani needed.
"Drought and the mining downturn has tested the resilience of our region, but it has strengthened our resolve.
"As a region, we are determined to seize the opportunity of the Carmichael Coal project.”