Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Mr Adani to Bring 'Big News'

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Mr Adani to Bring 'Big News'

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Byline: Emily Smith

Adani visit

Townsville will secure regional headquarters

Mackay will be named "maintenance hub"

Bowen will secure a "rail construction and operational services hub"

Clermont, Emerald, Moranbah and Mackay likely to be named "procurement hubs"

Komatsu rumoured to secure "a major contract"

SHORTLY after Adani Group chairman Gautum Adani arrives at Townsville Airport this morning, the only airport in the region large enough to park his private jet, he's expected to announce Mackay as the Carmichael coal project's "operational hub".

By midday, he will have journeyed south to Abbot Point, and announced a rail construction and operational services hub will be built near Bowen, tipped to create more than 100 indirect jobs.

Despite the effort that's gone into pitching the Mackay region as the prime location for the Adani regional administrative headquarters, which Townsville will be named as, leaders like Resource Industry Network chairman Tony Caruso have hailed this "a good result".

Particularly as further big announcements are expected to be made during the day.

"The office is not the prize. The prize is where the work will be done," Mr Caruso said. "Operational service work is the most valuable piece of this."

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson agreed, stating he "thinks it is better" to have Adani's maintenance work rather than it's administrative centre.

"(Townsville securing the headquarters) is fine. I've got no problems with that," Cr Williamson said.

"The major thrust in supporting the Adani project will come from Mackay being the operational hub."

Groundwork was laid in establishing Mackay as the mining project's key operational hub earlier this year, when Downer EDI was named as the project's primary contractor. Its only regional maintenance hub is in Mackay, which could put the region in prime position once the mine becomes operational and 900-1000 jobs are advertised. …

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