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Told you so: Adani's shot at critics as it 'well and truly' meets jobs target

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Mining giant Adani has thumbed its nose at its critics and says it will ”well and truly” deliver more than 1500 jobs at its Carmichael coal project in central Queensland.

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The claim followed a major court victory over activist Ben Pennings who has closed down his Galilee Blockade website and accepted court orders that will prevent him from some of his protest activities.

Adani Mining chief executive David Boshoff said it the company awarded more than $1.5 billion in contracts and employed 1500 people. First coal was “on track” for 2021.

“With construction set to continue through into 2021 Adani expects that the number of people employed will now well-and-truly exceed 1500 direct jobs,” Boshoff said.

“The Stop Adani movement said our project would never go ahead and would never create a single job. We have proved our opponents wrong.

“More than 80 per cent of our contracts are being delivered in Queensland and have been spread across all corners of the state to give as many regions as possible the opportunity to benefit from out project.”

He said the mine and rail camps were near capacity.

“And this is just the construction phase. The permanent roles will come with the operation of the mine and rail, bringing prosperity to the people and economies of regional Queensland for decades to come.”

Meanwhile, the Clermont Hotel, which was at the centre of confrontation between anti-Adani protests and local supporters of the mine in the federal election campaign is holding a Bob Brown memorial rally on October 31.

Brown’s anti-Adani rally was considered by some as a political blunder that pushed voters to support the pro-coal LNP.

Publican Kelvin Appleton has issued the invite to the rally which was in support of coal jobs, like the 400 that would be created at the Acland coal mine expansion.

“Last year, Bob Brown helped us get the Adani mine going and hundreds are now employed working at Carmichael.

“Covid border bans may keep Bob away this time but we need your help to back coal jobs again.”

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