April return for Adani
Brighter days in Clermont as Galilee and Blair Athol bring business back
Wednesday 24 January 2018
Growth in the Bowen Basin and exploration in the Galilee are injecting a useful amount of business into Clermont according to local Caltex service station owner Peter Bleakley.
Notwithstanding the fact that he says the biggest thing the town needs is six to eight inches of rain, Mr Bleakley told Shift Miner there is a useful amount of mining business around town.
“Yes we see a bit of mining activity back in town,” he said.
“The pubs and local accommodation are all benefiting, and Blair Athol has brought a lot of people back.
“The word I am getting from contractors to Adani when they stop for fuel is that they are doing some light drilling and investigative work out there.
“But they have pulled back over Christmas, and I was told they wouldn’t start again until after April.”
However, Mr Bleakley says one of the less desirable aspects of mining was the arrival of activists to the region.
“It’s a bit ordinary; you can have a few people go and break the law, and it puts enormous pressure on our local emergency services,” he said.
“In one day more than $5000 was spent on overtime and our Police are not able to effectively to do their job around town.”
This week, Dwayne Freeman, CEO of the Adani owned Abbot Point Coal Terminal echoed that sentiment saying their operations had once again been interrupted by activists.
“Through their illegal actions, these activists are putting their lives and wellbeing in danger, as well as endangering the health and safety of our personnel,” he said.
“In addition, they are putting the Bowen community at risk directly through their actions and by depleting Bowen's emergency response staff."
Clermont is the nearest community to Adani’s proposed mega Carmichael coal mine project.
Despite the recently re-elected labor Palaszczuk Government's decision to veto a Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund loan to help the mine get started, Adani says it remains committed.
“We employ more than 800 people, and have spent $3.3 billion in Queensland to date, and would not be doing that if the project wasn’t viable.”