A North Queenslander who is passionate about new coal projects will have an executive role in state politics.
Townsville MP Scott Stewart will replace outgoing State Resources Minister Anthony Lynham when Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk forms her new Cabinet.
FIFO jobs bid
During his time on the backbench Stewart has relentlessly advocated for Bravus Mining and Resources (formerly Adani Mining) to establish a worker transport hub for its Carmichael Coal Project in the Tropical Capital of North Queensland.
“It is Townsville that has a long history of fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers, it is Townsville that has the infrastructure and the aircraft networks that make it the perfect choice for the workers hub for Adani,” he said in a public statement back in 2017.
“Townsville is a city full of workers with extensive mining experience. Miners talk to me about the job opportunities that Adani will bring to them and to the city of Townsville. They can do the work and, more importantly, they want to work. I will do everything I possibly can to get them those jobs that Adani will bring.”
The effort proved successful as the proponent ended-up choosing both Townsville and Rockhampton as suitable locations to construct new Carmichael FIFO hubs.
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Stewart is expected to be sworn into Cabinet within days since State Governor Paul de Jersey has already invited Palaszczuk to form government for her third term in office.
The premier promised to keep creating jobs for Queenslanders.
“Queenslanders expect us to get on with implementing our economic recovery plan,” she said in a public statement.
“They expect the roads, schools and … the jobs that go with building them. It is our job to get on with the job and that is exactly what we will do.”