Ecowarriors on the far-left have done an admirable job of portraying Australians as being against new coal mine development. While that may be true for some of the vocal urban elite, the reality is quite the opposite.
Nowhere is that more apparent than in regional Queensland where angry Queenslanders are demanding a ‘Quexit’, claiming that a decision on the Adani coal mine in the Galilee Basin be made.
Today, the decision was made. And its last environmental approvals could be finalised in less than three weeks.
Adani mine given green light
‘We have had rallies where we have never rallied before and I spoke to a guy with a grinder just doing his day’s work and he said “Quexit, bring it on”. That’s the feeling of people in regional Queensland,’ said Makay mayor Greg Williamson.
‘The regions in Queensland and across Australia have found their voice and we have to make sure that voice is continually heard.’
Salty about the result of the federal election, Mr Williamson said that if Labor had succeeded the mine would have been scrapped. And locals alike are fuming, feeling as though they had been ‘cut off’ from the state government.
However, in support for the jobs the mine will create, Rockhampton mayor, Margaret Strelow wants Adani to be given a ‘fair go’. She has called for a day of action to be held this Friday, discussing the long-term policy vision for regional Queensland and approvals for similar projects.
Truly a dividing topic for the region.
Rockhampton mayor to push for more projects
According to AAP, Anne Baker, the mayor of Isaac Shire, which is the home to the majority of the Carmichael mine site, has agreed that a plan will need to be reviewed so the $40 billion of untapped thermal coal can be delivered through the Galilee Basin.
‘If the Carmichael project is going to do that and deliver jobs and deliver business and deliver economic growth to the state and to the country, then off you go,’ she said.
‘I think it is time to man up.’
The Carmichael mine is set to open 1,500 jobs, and another 6,750 during the construction. How this will eventuate, now approval has been delivered, is another issue.
Maybe we will be seeing a messy ‘Quexit’.
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