Adani poll seeks community views about Australia's largest coal mine

A RECENT survey of Scenic Rim residents and visitors suggests that support for Australia’s largest ever coal project might not be in the majority.

Community group Keep the Scenic Rim Scenic surveyed 108 people at the Boonah World Environment Day festival on July 15, asking a range of questions about Adani’s Carmichael coal mine proposed for central Queensland.

COAL FUTURE: Newcastle coal port. Photo: Andrew Quilty.

COAL FUTURE: Newcastle coal port. Photo: Andrew Quilty.

The group did so after federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said he believed the Adani coal project was not as strong an issue for residents as power prices.

“I don’t think it is a high priority issue for our local area,” he told the Times in July.  

“It’s certainly not something that is raised with me when I talk with locals in the street, at community meetings or when I stop into local businesses for a chat.”

But commenters on the Beaudesert Times Facebook page have called for a broader survey about the issue, so we have decided to give all our readers a say on this issue in an online poll.

Adani facts

To assist in making an informed vote, click through the links for further information.

  • The Carmichael coal mine is planned for the north of the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland, Australia.
  • Adani Mining is a subsidiary of India's Adani Group.
  • Adani plans to mine 2.3 billion tonnes of coal over the mine's 60-year lifespan, much of it exported, despite India making recent announcements about transitioning away from coal-fired power, and uncertainty about royalties due to the Queensland government.
  • At least 20 environmental groups oppose the mine, including Great Barrier Reef campaigners and the Stop Adani Coalition.
  • Public funds of up to $1 billion are proposed to be spent on the project, including rail infrastructure to get extracted coal to port.
  • Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the Adani investment decision, claiming: "There will be jobs right across this state. This project will deliver those jobs".