Rockhampton MP Barry O'Rourke
Rockhampton MP Barry O'Rourke JACK EVANS

What Adani chief said to change the mind of Rocky MP

A LONG-awaited meeting with Adani chief Lucas Dow yesterday morning has satisfied Rockhampton MP Barry O'Rourke of the company's commitment to Rockhampton.

Mr O'Rourke went into the meeting to "clear the air” on Rockhampton's share of jobs.

"It was good to sit down and have a face to face discussion and clear the air on a few things,” he said.

"(Mr Dow) stated very clearly that he would make sure Rockhampton is looked after.

"It was really good to have a chat about future apprenticeships that could come online and some major contracts.”

As much as the local member was reassured by Mr Dow's commitment to this region, he said there was still no transparency on precise jobs figures.

"I still want to see the jobs coming to Rockhampton - there was a promise of 8,250 jobs evenly split with the majority going to Townsville and Rockhampton,” Mr O'Rourke said.

"I made that very clear.”

NOT STOPPING: Adani CEO Luca Dow at the Collinsville Development and Industry Group annual meeting last night said that Aurecon severing ties with the mining company will not affect the progress of the Carmichael mine.
NOT STOPPING: Adani CEO Luca Dow at the Collinsville Development and Industry Group annual meeting last night said that Aurecon severing ties with the mining company will not affect the progress of the Carmichael mine. Jordan Gilliland

Mr O'Rourke was not letting up on his calls for a council-run Adani jobs register to keep track of Rockhampton jobs and has put the call out once again to have RRC establish it.

"The council really needs to have a role in this and keep that jobs register,” he said.

Mr Dow said was glad to give the local member a "detailed briefing” of the Carmichael project.

"We look forward to continuing to keep Barry and other local members across the progress of the project as we move forward,” he said.

"As we've previously stated, the Carmichael project was redesigned last year to be an initial 10 million tonne per annum mine and 200km railway, which will see 1,500 direct jobs and 6,750 indirect jobs created during ramp up and construction.

"Job numbers for comparable operational open cut coal mines in Queensland employ up to 1,800 people and support up to 8,000 additional jobs in supporting industries.

"The Carmichael mine and rail operational roles will be within this range - with the required operational numbers at any point in time dictated by such things as production volumes, expansions, geology, rostering patterns, equipment sizing amongst other parameters.

"We anticipate that job numbers from the primary employment hubs will be relatively evenly split across Townsville and Rockhampton.”

Mr O'Rourke's calls for a jobs register hinges on as old commitment to partly fund a FIFO hub and runway for the mine in return for a share in jobs.

While that deal remains on the table, no money has changed hands at this point. RRC has previously robustly assured that if money were to change hands, it would monitor Adani job numbers.