Charters Towers seeks slice of Galilee action

Posted March 17, 2015

Adani-CTRC port visit March 2015
Councillor Roma Bailey, Mayor Frank Beveridge, Adani Australia general manager Muturaj Guruswamy, Councillor Brian Beveridge, director Ramon Jayo and Chamber of Commerce president Wayne Miller 

Charters Towers is hoping to get a slice of the Galilee Basin project action as the council pushes for regional job opportunities from the Carmichael coal project.

Charters Towers Mayor Frank Beveridge was among a group of Towers representatives who met with Adani Australia’s general manager of corporate affairs Muturaj Guruswamy in Townsville last week.

“The meeting, which was hosted by Townsville Port Authority, was very upbeat and I think continues to lay the groundwork for more jobs in the council region,” Cr Beveridge said.

“Adani will be transporting a lot of their construction material and fuel through the Port of Townsville and then through Charters Towers and down to the Carmichael mine.

“The reality is that the road between Charters Towers and Belyando will need to be upgraded and council is endeavouring to ensure this happens.

“We know Adani is talking to the State Government on this matter and what council hopes is that when that upgrade occurs, it will mean jobs locally.

“We want to make sure we keep on the front foot with Adani so that whatever jobs eventuate, we know about them.”

Cr Beveridge said the State Government’s announcement this week that it had reached agreement with Adani on the Abbot Point dredging process was an indication that the Carmichael project was moving ahead.

The Adani group plans to construct a huge $16b. Carmichael coal project in the Galilee Basin. The company has already gained final Federal Government approval for a 310km rail line to carry coal from the mine to Abbot Point.

 

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