Adani filling Bowen Motels
A month on from saying they were ramping up..evidence on the ground.
Tuesday 24 October 2017
The owners of a Motel in Bowen say they're enjoying near-record occupancy, with more contractors staying in the town while working on Adani’s mega-mine, port and rail proposal.
In August, Adani confirmed it was ramping up work on the various parts of their planned pit to port project, despite having not yet finalised funding arrangements and some outstanding legal objections.
A month on there is evidence on the ground, with the owner of the Port Denison Motel in Bowen Anita Rogan, telling Shift Miner there had been a definite increase in business.
“No it’s not a record but it’s given everyone in town a bit of heart,” she said.
“It’s busy one week but then quiet the next, so it’s a bit hard to know what exactly is happening, but we are seeing people mostly working as contractors on the rail line Adani are proposing,” she said.
“We have had a lot of test drillers, some indigenous groups who are walking the [proposed rail] track as well as surveyors.
“Although the surveyors aren’t saying exactly what they are doing.
“I think we had only one person in lately who is actually employed by Adani, but certainly we have had lots of people telling us they are contracted to Adani.
“I really thinks it’s a question of when the project will get going, not if.”
Adani is planning a vast thermal coal mine in the Galilee Basin, but to make it viable, they also need to build a 300-kilometre stretch of railway and expand capacity at Abbot Point Coal Terminal North of Bowen.
On top of that, they also have to build significant water supply infrastructure, a coal handling and processing plant, a huge workers’ accommodation village and an airport to service the mine.
There are forecast to be more than 3300 jobs generated during the construction and operational phases of the proposed Carmichael coal mine of which 2100 are now contracted to come from newly selected FIFO hub Townsville. Adani's second FIFO hub Rockhampton expects to supply 1700 workers.
To establish themselves as FIFO hubs to the Carmichael project the Townsville and Rockhampton Councils have jointly committed to invest $30 million into the development of the FIFO airport at the Carmichael mine.
Adani said this week they have also reached a milestone at their Townsville regional headquarters with 100 people now employed