A multinational mining company is tipped to make a big announcement within days about its $21.7 billion resource project in Central Queensland.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk recently confirmed in State Parliament that India-headquartered Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani (pictured) will make official visits to Melbourne and Townsville on December 5 and 6 respectively.
The news has already ignited hot speculation the Northern Queensland city will be named the new regional headquarters for Adani’s Carmichael Coal Project.
The Premier used her address in the last sitting of Queensland Parliament to push Adani to hire or contract locals to work on the project.
“There will be very good news next week for regional Queensland,” the Premier told Parliament.
“I welcome the chairman, Mr Adani, to Queensland. I look forward to progressing this project, because it means tens of thousands of jobs for regional Queensland.
“I want an iron-clad guarantee from Mr Adani that Queenslanders will be given the first opportunity to get jobs in this state from this project. Furthermore, I will ensure that regional Queenslanders get jobs.”
QMEB understands the chairman will meet with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday in Melbourne, before catching a flight to North Queensland for more meetings.
Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke says even if Townsville is not selected as Adani’s regional headquarters, the project will benefit the entire region.
Adani expects to start construction in the third quarter of 2017.