QMEB can reveal which Central Queensland city is widely tipped to become the preferred choice for a fly-in fly-out (FIFO) hub at a $21.7 billion mining project.
Rockhampton is promised to be “very well placed to host this FIFO hub”, according to Capricornia Federal Member of Parliament Michelle Landry.
She says India-headquartered Adani Australia’s proposed Carmichael Coal Project gives Rockhampton and Central Queensland a “real opportunity” to revitalise the local economy.
Landry says the project will create thousands of construction and mining jobs in the region which will, in-turn, “pump millions of dollars into local shops and small businesses”.
Landry has pushed “very hard” for Rockhampton to secure the FIFO hub, adding Rockhampton Regional Council has worked hard to make the case to Adani for the city to host the FIFO hub.
“Townsville was named Adani’s regional headquarters because all their local political leaders, from both sides, backed their city’s pitch,” Landry says.
“I am fighting for Rockhampton to host Adani’s FIFO hub; the Rockhampton Council and Mayor Margaret Strelow are fighting to host Adani’s FIFO hub.”
Rockhampton State MP Bill Byrne claims Adani’s mine workforce will be drawn from regional Queensland, without foreign workers on 457 visas.
He promised to work with local businesses to make the most of opportunities presented by the FIFO hub.
Adani CEO Jeyakumar Janakaraj confirmed workers and services will be sourced locally and also from Emerald, Clermont, Moranbah, Collinsville and Charters Towers.
“We are particularly focusing on the construction of our planned near-400km rail line to be constructed between the Carmichael mine and our bulk port facility at Abbott Point near Bowen,” Janakaraj says.
“So we need people and services in the region to build that rail link, as well as companies to provide resources.”