An infrastructure company has won the latest tender for part of a controversial $21 billion mining project in Central Queensland.
Martinus Rail recently secured the rail contract for Adani Australia’s Carmichael Coal Project. The agreement tasks the contractor with laying the rail for the Carmichael Rail Network, based at the new Rockhampton Business Centre in Wandal, 3km northwest of the Rockhampton CBD.
Local businesses and jobseekers are promised to be given priority to work on the project, which QMEB can reveal is worth $100 million.
“We have always promised Queenslanders that we will deliver jobs and economic benefits for the regions, and it’s a great feeling that we are now able to convert the promises into actions that are producing outcomes for regional communities,” Adani CEO Lucas Dow said in a public statement.
“We now have our mining services contractor and one of our earthworks contractors for the rail project in place based in Rockhampton, Martinus Rail will be our rail laying construction contractor also in based in Rockhampton, initial rail camp provision will be based in Collinsville, earthworks and civil works is coming from Townsville, fuel supply is from Townsville, telecommunications is from Mackay, and many other regional businesses across regional Queensland also have a piece of the pie.”
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Martinus managing director Treaven Martinus promised there would be partnership with several local groups and job applications are already open.
“We are keen to now get started and looking forward to partnering with numerous local Rockhampton and other regional Queensland businesses and people to get our part of the project underway,” he said. “We strongly encourage jobseekers and suppliers to register their details via Adani’s website: adaniaustralia.com/work-with-us”