BIG DECISION: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Adani's Jeyakumar Janakaraj.
BIG DECISION: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Adani's Jeyakumar Janakaraj. Chris Lees

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THE Queensland Government wants the "best of both worlds" with Adani's selection of fly-in fly-out (FIFO) hubs by selecting both Rockhampton and Townsville.

Late last year, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk met with Adani Chairman Gautam Adani and secured a commitment that the workforce for its $22 billion Carmichael Coal project would be sourced from regional Queensland.

They also committed to not utilising foreign workers on 457 visas.

Adani confirmed the shortlist for a FIFO hub is Townsville and Rockhampton, with a decision due this year coinciding with the start of early works.

Employment opportunities for the mine infrastructure phase and the ongoing mine operations will arise upon commencement of the project.

Together with the mine, rail, port, supply chain and subcontracting opportunities, this will equate to thousands of direct and indirect employment opportunities.

"The premier made it clear to Adani that rather than selecting either of these great regional Queensland cities, pick both," a spokesman said.

"The Palaszczuk Government wants to ensure the maximum benefit across regional Queensland from this project and maximise the jobs it will generate, directly and indirectly, in as many regions as possible."

"At the end of the day, it's a commercial decision for Adani to make.

"FroWe want to ensure jobs and economic benefit across regional Queensland."



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