The Queensland Government has instructed the state’s Coordinator General to provide a set timeline for the approval for the contentious Adani Carmichael coal mine.
Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk announced the move earlier this week, dismissing claims that the mine has been overly influenced by political factors, and that the move is well overdue.
“The community is sick of it, I’m sick of it, everyone is sick of the delays,” the Premier said.
“Everyone has had more than enough time to resolve these issues and for some reason that has not occurred.
“That all ends now.”
The Premier has instructed the Coordinator-General to:
Take a stronger oversight role across the Adani approvals process timeline;
Report back to her by the end of the week setting out a clear plan for timeframes for both the company and the regulator to adhere to; and
Seek to ensure neither party is responsible for unnecessary delays in the approvals process.
The Premier said the Coordinator-General’s role is not to interfere in the independence of the approvals process but to ensure all parties know where they stand and adhere to their responsibilities.
“I’ve asked the Coordinator-General to convene a meeting between Adani and the independent regulator tomorrow and to report back to me by Friday with a timeframe which I will release to the public,” the Premier said.
“What this does is to hold Adani and the independent regulator to account and to give everyone clarity around who needs to do what and by when.”