LANDRY: We won't give up on Rocky FIFO hub
UPDATE 3.20PM: 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.
"I am pushing very hard for this to happen, and my strong advocacy has been noted this morning by the Federal Minister for Resources Matt Canavan,” she said.
"I also congratulate the Rockhampton Regional Council, for its work making the case to Adani to host the Carmichael coal mine FIFO hub.
"Townsville was named Adani's regional HQ because all their local political leaders, from both sides, backed their city's pitch.
"I am fighting for Rockhampton to host Adani's FIFO hub; the Rockhampton Council and Mayor Margaret Strelow are fighting to host Adani's FIFO hub.”
UPDATE 1:20PM: ROCKAMPTON MP Bill Byrne has said Adani's Charmichael coal mine workforce will be drawn from regional Queensland, with no workers on 457 visas.
In a statement, Mr Byrne said Rockhampton had the companies and individuals with the expertise Adani needed.
"Today's announcements are certainly good news for Rockhampton and Central Queensland,” he said.
"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.”
Mr Byrne committed to working with local businesses to maximise their role in the FIFO hub.
He said the company had also committed to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk its workforce would be drawn from regional Queensland with no foreign workers on 457 visas.
UPDATE 12.30AM: ROCKHAMPTON will be one of several regional cities providing services and labour to Adani's $16.5 billion Charmichael coal mine.
In a statement today, CEO Jeyakumar Janakaraj said workers and services would also be sourced from Emerald, Clermont, Moranbah, Collinsville and Charters Towers.
"We are particularly focusing on the construction of our planned near-400km rail line to be constructed between the Carmichael mine and our bulk port facility at Abbott Point near Bowen,” Mr Janakaraj said.
"So we need people and services in the region to build that rail link, as well as companies to provide resources.”
Rockhampton will join Mackay and Townsville in providing goods, services and labour.
Townsville will house the company's regional headquarters and project management offices, while Mackay will provide port services and become the headquarters for rail and port operations.
Rockhampton and Townsville have been shortlisted by Adani as FIFO hubs, with a final decision to be made in 2017 as early works commence.
Adani had originally planned to locate all its project offices in Brisbane, but made the decision to move to regional Queensland.
The announcement in Townsville today marks the pre-construction phase of the project which is expected to create 500 to 600 jobs.
"This is a significant commitment by Adani to regional Queensland where the Carmichael mine and associated projects will generate10,000 jobs directly and indirectly and I am pleased that each of the regional centres will benefit from the Carmichael projects,” Mr Janakaraj
"The Carmichael mine is primarily aimed at bringing electricity to 100 million people in India, to improve their quality of life and indeed provide them with better health, education and employment opportunities.”
10AM: IT was a deal Rockhampton Regional Mayor Margaret Strelow believes mining giant Adani just "couldn't walk past”.
In a coup for the region, Rockhampton has been named the second FIFO hub for the company's Charmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin.
Cr Strelow said the announcement that Townsville would host Adani's headquarters was "probably the worst kept secret of the last few days”, but was delighted Rockhampton could also claim a major win in its bid to get a slice of the Charmichael mine action.
"We made a bid for the headquarters,” Cr Strelow said.
"I'm not surprised we didn't win, but we gave Townsville a good run for their money.”
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 onto the mine site and a plane flying from Townsville directly onto 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.
"We're absolutely delighted and committed to supporting Adani as they pull this project together now.”
Cr Strelow said it was important to work with the city's business community to make sure they get the lion's share of the operational support.
"This is the renaissance of Rockhampton as a major mining centre,” Cr Strelow said.
"We really need to recognise this is a turning point for our economy.”
Cr Strelow said councillors and council staff had done a huge amount of work building the city's profile in the mining industry over the past year.
She said senior staff put together "what I believe was the most professional bid Rockhampton has ever put forward for a major project”.
"I look forward to working with the Mayor of Townsville Jenny Hill and the Townsville community as the two communities provide the workforce for this giant project,” Cr Strelow said.