The Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science (DES) has advised Adani Mining that the Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Management Plan (GDEMP) has been finalised and approved.
Adani Mining CEO, Lucas Dow, said this is confirmation that the GDEMP complies with all regulatory conditions set by state and federal governments, following close to a two-year process of rigorous scientific inquiry, review and approvals, including relevant reviews by CSIRO and Geoscience Australia.
“The finalisation of the GDEMP and Black-throated Finch Management Plan paves the way for construction to commence on the Carmichael Project and the delivery of much needed jobs for regional Queenslanders,” he said. “Moving forward, our priority is ensuring the safety of everyone who works on the project and that all construction activity meets the strict environmental requirements we have agreed to meet in our management plans and approvals.”
DES is satisfied that the GDEMP sufficiently establishes the main source aquifer of the springs at the Clematis Sandstone.
CSIRO and Geoscience Australia also confirmed that some level of uncertainty in geological and groundwater conceptual models always exists.
DES has required additional commitments from Adani to undertake further scientific work over the next two years. This is required to identify any potential contribution from other aquifers and strengthen the GDEMP.
Dow said Adani Mining will continue to finalise contracts, mobilise equipment as well as manage recruitment and inductions.
“These preparatory actions will enable us to then start construction activities including fencing, bridge and
road upgrades, water management and civil earthworks on the mine site,” he said. “The level of construction activity will then steadily increase over the coming weeks.
The project will deliver 1,500 direct and 6,750 indirect jobs during ramp up and construction, with Rockhampton and Townsville the primary hubs for employment, according to Dow.
The Whitsunday, Isaac, Central Highlands, Mackay, Charters Towers and Gladstone regions are also reported to benefit from Adani work packages and employment opportunities.
“Throughout the past eight years regional Queenslanders have been beside us every step of the way and we thank them for their ongoing support,” said Dow. “We’re ready to start work on the Carmichael Project and deliver the jobs these regions so badly need.”