THE Palaszczuk Government has welcomed the announcement by Adani Australia to grant a contract of more than $82 million to supply concrete sleepers from Rockhampton for the Carmichael Coal mine project’s rail line.
“Adani advise this contract will mean Austrak will triple its workforce to more than 80 and generate up to 30 supply chain jobs, and provide job security for the two-year life of the contract,” Member for Rockhampton and Minister for Rural Economic Development Bill Byrne said.
Parkhurst company Austrak will fill a contract worth more than $82 million to supply concrete sleepers to Adani Australia for the Carmichael mine project’s rail line.
The deal will see Austrak triple its workforce to more than 80 and generate up to 30 supply chain jobs, and provide job security for the two-year life of the contract.
Adani Australia Head of Country and Chief Executive, Jeyakumar Janakaraj, said the $16.5 billion Carmichael project in Central Queensland would generate 10,000 direct and indirect jobs.
“Adani promised that regional Queenslanders would benefit from our project – and here’s the proof that we honour our promises and we care about regional Queenslanders,” Mr Janakaraj said.
“This is another step in Adani’s plan to build a long-term future with regional Queensland.
“While others are looking for ways out, we are looking to the future.”
Mr Janakaraj paid tribute to regional Queenslanders for their support of the Adani project.
“I want to pay particular tribute to the Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, who has promoted Austrak to Adani from the day we announced our project.
“I also pay tribute to the Mayor, Margaret Strelow, who has championed the case for Rockhampton to share in the benefits of the Adani project,” Mr Janakaraj said.
Mr Janakaraj said Austrak would supply more than 730,000 concrete sleepers for the construction of Adani’s 388-kms standard gauge rail line from the mine in central western Queensland to the company’s bulk coal handling port at Abbot Point near Bowen.
“The Carmichael project will open Galilee Basin’s high energy, low emission coal field to other miners.
“That means more jobs in regional Queensland.”