According to The Australian, construction on Australia's largest coal mine looks set to begin next year as Queensland's Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk prepares to meet with the company's global head to announce finer details.
Gautam Adani will on Tuesday meet Ms Palaszczuk in Townsville, where the pair is expected to name the north Queensland city as the Galilee Basin project's headquarters.
Adani on Monday won final Queensland and federal government approval for a 31.5km rail line and temporary camp for the $21.7 billion Carmichael mine project, angering green groups who had unsuccessfully attempted to fight the plans in court.
State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham urged Queenslanders to consider the $2 billion in mining royalties the state receives from the resources sector.
"This provides for our hospitals, it provides for our schools, our roads, our infrastructure," he said.
"Coal is a dud, coal is not innovation," Australian Conservation Foundation campaign director Paul Sinclair said.
"We need clean energy and a healthy reef."
But Dr Lynham insisted it was possible to have economic prosperity in the north and protection of the Great Barrier Reef, citing 200 "stringent" conditions on the project and a 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030.
The mine now needs road approvals, power line approvals and a water license, but Dr Lynham said the company had signalled it intends to begin construction in the first half of 2017.
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