Protests erupted in Melbourne on December 5, over an expected meeting between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Gautam Adani. More than 300 people rallied against the proposed Carmichael coal mine by the Adani group in Galilee Basin, Queensland. The protestors fear that the mine will damage the Great Barrier Reef.
The 21.7 billion dollar coal project, called the Carmichael project, has been given federal approval for the construction of a permanent railway line and a worker’s camp, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Matt Canavan, the minister for northern Australia, said, “It is a major project, it will be the first time a new minerals basin has opened up for 40 years, and this has the potential to be the platform for many other projects in our region as well,” according to the Guardian.
ABC News reported that Queensland’s coordinator-general gave the final approval for the construction of the permanent track which will add to a 389km heavy haul track connecting the mine to Abbot Point port. The report said that the state development minister claimed that the approval was a milestone for the project though it still requires a license for water.
Reports suggest that the mine will be the largest in Australia and will involve dredging 1.1 million cubic metres of spoil near the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The project is meant to dig coal to supply electricity to over a hundred million Indians.
ABC News quoted Paul Sinclair from Australia’s Conservation Foundation saying, “Every day that we stop Adani digging that coal, renewable energy grows stronger in this country.”