Labor’s State Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne should take the blame for Central Queensland missing out on hosting
Adani’s regional headquarters.
That is the call from hard working Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, who has slammed Bill Byrne for failing to promote his own home town.
It has been widely reported today that Adani will locate its regional headquarters in Townsville, after a three-way tussle between Rockhampton, Townsville and Mackay.
Chairman Gautam Adani is expected to join Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announcing the decision in Townsville tomorrow, after meetings between Adani and the State Government.
“Rockhampton has missed out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because Bill Byrne failed to pull his weight,” Ms Landry said.
“Right at the height of our contention to host Adani’s headquarters, Bill Byrne refused to advocate on behalf of his home town. (Daily Mercury, 25/10/16 – full quote below)
“Bill Byrne in effect pulled Rockhampton out of the race.
“It’s no wonder Adani chose to locate their headquarters in Townsville, where all the regional leaders backed the proposal.
“Bill Byrne refused to back Rockhampton’s bid to host Adani regional headquarters; he won’t move forward on a carpark for Rockhampton hospital and he doesn’t support the construction of Rookwood Weir.
“The Federal Government is pulling its weight to support job creating projects in Rockhampton, but Bill Byrne has chosen to stall those proposals at every step of the way.
“So the question is, what does Bill Byrne stand for? Certainly not jobs in Rockhampton.”
Meanwhile, Ms Landry has vowed to continue fighting for Rockhampton, to ensure the city becomes a major fly-in, fly-out hub for the Adani Carmichael coal mine.
“Queensland’s co-ordinator general has today approved Adani’s application to build a rail line linking the Galilee Basin to Abbot Point, as well as a temporary workers camp.
“This final milestone is great news for Central Queensland, with Adani confirming its plans to start construction next year.
“This will create thousands of construction and mining jobs, and gives Rockhampton a real opportunity to revitalise our local economy.
“But we will only reap the economic benefits if Rockhampton is successful in its bid to be a major fly-in, fly-out hub for Adani.
“I’m fighting for that. The Mayor backs it. It’s time for Bill Byrne to declare whether he wants Rockhampton to be a major FIFO hub.”
Quote from the Daily Mercury, 25/10/16
Adani headquarters fight narrows as MP fails to back bid
“The fight between Mackay, Townsville and Rockhampton to secure Adani’s regional headquarters has come down to a two-way tussle as one region struggles to gain political support. Rockhampton’s State Member of Parliament Bill Byrne has declined to advocate for the mining giant to be based in his electorate.”