Adani HQ bid failed, but there's still opportuninty
AN AGRESSIVE bid to convince Adani to consider Bowen as an option for its Carmichael Coal Mine project headquarters has failed.
Whitsunday Regional Council offered land to lure the mining giant to set up headquarters in Bowen.
Although the bid failed, according to a statement from the council today, there is still more opportunity for the Bowen region.
The council's economic development advisory committee chairman Cr Mike Brunker and economic development executive officer Melanie Davies travelled to Brisbane last Friday for a meeting with Adani general manager project and infrastructure, Ian Sedgman, and general manager-corporate affairs, Raj Guruswamy.
Cr Brunker said that at the Brisbane meeting Adani had explained that although their desire was to have their main base in a larger regional city they would reconsider how and where they may structure their port and rail operational offices.
"We discussed Adani's requirements. They indicated that the initial workforce on site 24/7 for Stage 1 (Open Pit) was more than 800 and the rail and port operations would employ a further 300-plus," he said.
"The meeting gave us the opportunity to pitch our region and Bowen as an option and also introduce our new economic development focus and strengthen the connections between Adani and this council.
"We provided Adani with information and the opportunity to consider locating a smaller operational office in Bowen and utilising the Whitsunday Coast Airport in Proserpine as a conduit for workers living in the Whitsunday region," Cr Brunker said.
"We will be in further discussions with their key staff to arrange regular monthly meetings with their team to discuss items that need council approval or action to support their project.
"Adani is a major project, which has a significant footprint in our Whitsunday region, and council is keen to work with them to facilitate their project as it moves towards the construction phase."
Ms Davies said she would also be arranging meetings with relevant regional stakeholders to establish business capabilities development workshops, information and training of local service operators to support the construction cycle of the Adani project