BRISBANE, AAP – The Queensland government is considering temporarily funding a major road project for the Adani coal mine, despite the premier’s promise no taxpayer funds will go to the project.
The ABC says documents obtained under right to information show the government remains in negotiations about funding for an access road to Adani’s Carmichael mine, with the project to cost up to $100 million.
But the main roads department says no decision has yet been made and if taxpayer funds are spent they money will be recovered from Adani.
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has accused Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk of breaking her election promise not to spend taxpayers’ money on the mine or associated infrastructure.
The Mackay Conservation Group says the premier must rule out providing any funds for the road.
“The Queensland Coordinator General recommended Adani be responsible for road upgrades and Adani said it would pay for the upgrade. Why then would the premier spend public funds on this project?” the group’s spokeswoman Maggie McKeown said in a statement.
A spokesman for the government said it was happy to talk to local councils about their infrastructure needs.
“Significant projects can impact on local road networks and improvements to those networks can benefit the greater community. Costs associated with major projects are recovered by the state on a commercial basis,” he said in a statement.