Optimism over Adani and local mine jobs for Coast

THE slow progression of Adani's proposed Carmichael Coal Mine has left senior Fraser Coast bureaucrats cautiously optimistic a similar mine will boost our employment prospects.

Project China Stone, a coalmine proposed for the Galilee Basin has potential to increase the Coast's employment opportunities with a quarter of the mine's workforce slated to be sourced from the Wide Bay.

Only a fraction smaller than Adani's proposed Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project in the same area, Project China Stone is in its early environmental approvals.

In its Economic Impact Statement, China Stone committed to sourcing 25% of the workforce (about 775 people) from the Wide Bay.

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The project would look to share common infrastructure and rail to port capacity with Adani's Carmichael mine, so its future hinges on the progression of that project, which needs a mining licence granted by the State Government to proceed.

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett executive officer Scott Rowe said the proposed China Stone mine would boost opportunities for the Wide Bay if Adani could secure permission to build Australia's largest mine.

Mr Rowe was reservedly optimistic when talking about the likelihood of the mine going ahead.

He said recent environmental approval for Adani was a "step in the right direction" but acknowledged the road was still long.

"It could still be a very long process," he said.

In September Mr Rowe said the China Stone mine was through approvals and it would depend on the Carmichael Mine and other projects also being approved.

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