The Queensland parliament has supported moves to approve a mega coalmine in the centre of the state, the mines minister says.
Anthony Lynham says his government has been working with Indian mining giant Adani to get its $21.7 billion Carmichael coalmine off the ground.
Dr Lynham says parliament backed a motion on Tuesday that ‘all state government approvals be provided to help create jobs in north and central Queensland’.
He said the government strongly supported the sustainable development of the Galilee Basin for the sake of jobs and the economy of regional Queensland.
‘The government and the independent coordinator general have been working closely with Adani to facilitate their approvals in accordance with statutory obligations.’
However, he says compensation agreements need to be locked in before the project’s mining leases can be approved.