Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Adani's Jeyakumar Janakaraj. Photo Chris Lees / Daily Mercury
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Adani's Jeyakumar Janakaraj. Photo Chris Lees / Daily Mercury Chris Lees

Adani says no to foreign workers, 457 visas

WHEN Adani's Carmichael Mine starts next year, there won't be a foreign worker of 457 Visa holder in sight, or on site.

In a letter to the editor, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani committed to her, at their meeting in Townsville, that the workforce for its Carmichael Coal project will be sourced from regional Queensland and it will not use foreign workers on 457 visas.

"I have always made it clear: the jobs from the Carmichael Coal project are for Queenslanders. I am pleased Mr Adani has committed to do just that,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

"My Government has been determined for this project to create as many jobs for regional Queensland as possible.

"Adani had originally proposed to locate its project offices in Brisbane. I welcome the Adani commitment to locate them in our regions.

"My Government was worked with Adani to ensure the project went through a rigorous and comprehensive assessment process for the mine, rail and port development.

"We promised the people of Queensland, at the last election, that we would protect the Great Barrier Reef and Caley Valley Wetlands from disposal of dredged spoil from the Abbot Point port expansion.

"We also promised the Queensland Government, on behalf of taxpayers, would not fund project infrastructure.

"We have delivered our commitments and now we look forward to the thousands of new jobs - direct and indirect - to be delivered from the Carmichael Coal project.

"I also welcome Adani's proposal to establish a $200 million large-scale solar project near Moranbah, which is consistent with my Government's plans to increase the share of renewables in Queensland's energy mix.”



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