By SAT Business Desk
MELBOURNE, 15 December 2020: The Bravus Mining and Resources (Adani Australia) this week started laying the 200 km narrow-gauge railway line connecting the Carmichael mine to Abbot Point Termina, Central Queensland via the existing rail infrastructure. It will be one of the largest privately-funded railways in the country.
The controversial Carmichael coal mine (likely to be the biggest coal mine in the world) has been criticized by the environmental movement who bat for clean energy as opposed to coal-based projects.
On the opening day of the India Vs Australia 2020 cricket tour, hundreds joined cricket-themed #StopAdani protests at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, and the Indian Consulates in Canberra and Melbourne. The protests called on the State Bank of India to rule out loaning Adani AUD$1 Billion for its Carmichael coal mine, as reported in Indian media recently.
Bravus CEO Mr. David Boshoff said the materials for the track, including the girders, steel, sleepers, and ballast were all produced in Australia, and the contractors building the railway were also all local.
“We always said the Carmichael Project would create Australian jobs and benefit local businesses and this is yet another example of how we are delivering on our promise,” Mr Boshoff said.
“Our rail workers camps were built by Australian company Decmil, based out of Rockhampton and our rail camp operators are based in Collinsville. Our railway earthworks and civil works are being delivered by Martinus Rail and BMD, using their regional Queensland workforces in Rockhampton and Townsville. The girders are being delivered by Rockhampton-based Stresscrete, our rail sleepers are also home-grown in Rockhampton, and our track steel is Australian-made too,” he said.