The decision by the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP to approve the Queensland Government’s Abbot Growth Gateway Project is welcomed and another important step in the proposed development of the coal resources in the Galilee basin.

The Abbot Growth Gateway Project is a proposal from the Queensland Department of State Development to undertake capital dredging, onshore placement and reuse of dredged material at Abbot Point.

The latest approval subject to strict conditions is certainly a positive development for jobs in central and north Queensland, overall economic activity and the tens of millions of people living without energy in India who can benefit from access to high quality Australian coal.

Anti-coal activists should respect the decision made as part of the approval process.

The demand for Australian coal remains strong with the IEA expecting our coal exports to Asia increasing by 37 per cent to 2040 underpinning economic expansion in the region.

Much of our high quality thermal coal will be utilised in clean and efficient power stations where throughout Asia over 1000 high efficiency low emission (HELE) generating units are currently under construction or planned.

The coal industry respects the robust and science based approval processes for all mining projects and related infrastructure.

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