According to The Australian Financial Review, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has moved to boost her mining credentials ahead of next month's state election by giving the green light to a new $1 billion coal mine in Central Queensland.
After Labor suffered a humiliating defeat in last year's federal election by avoiding supporting Adani's controversial $3 billion Carmichael mine, the Palaszczuk government has moved to embrace coal again, announcing it had approved the mining lease for Pembroke Resources' Olive Downs metallurgical coal mine.
The 15 million tonnes-a-year mine, 40 kilometres south-east of Moranbah, is slightly bigger than Adani's 10 million tonnes-a-year coal mine, but is not as politically sensitive given it is coking coal which is used for making steel, rather than thermal coal used for burning in power stations.
Ms Palaszczuk said the approval for the Olive Downs mine, which will deliver 500 construction jobs and 1000 workers when it opens in 2022, was part of $21 billion in new resources investment in Queensland and 8000 new jobs over the past five years.
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