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Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox has welcomed a Federal Court decision today to dismiss an Australian Conservation Foundation application to overturn the government’s approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine.
Cr Willcox said local communities in his region were crying out for growth and these challenges had been stopping investment and jobs at a significant cost to the community.
Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen MP also endorsed Cr Willcox’s stance on the continual appeals which were delaying job-creating projects.
“I know Mayor Willcox is as frustrated as myself with these frivolous legal appeals by the extreme green movement which are only creating unwanted delays.
“I am pleased that Mayor Willcox is another strong advocate of my request for the Prime Minister to take action against any further appeals should they arise.
“We are both passionate about job creation in our region and these appeals are hurting our communities.”
Cr Willcox said it was only common-sense to join Mr Christensen in calls to take action to restrict countless rounds of legal action against proposed mines.
“Basically these seemingly endless rounds of challenges have the sole aim of stopping investment and jobs as part of a wider activist campaign against mining.
“Today’s Federal Court decision against the Australian Conservation Foundation is a win for our local businesses and most importantly, those employed and seeking future employment in the mining sector.”
Today’s decision reaffirms that former Environment Minister Greg Hunt acted correctly and diligently in approving the Adani Carmichael Coal Project.