Hillery Group to build $ 15M rail yard for Carmichael mine

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 12 August 2021: The Bowen Rail Company today announced another Carmichael mine and rail project contract, which has gone to the local Bowen company Hillery Group to construct a new rail yard that will create more than 100 jobs during construction for regional Queensland.

The $15M rail yard will be an important part of the business’ long-term operating plan but is not required for the company to commence rail operations later this year.

Bowen Rail Company CEO, Trista Brohier, said partnering with Hillery was another example of how Bowen Rail was delivering on its promises of jobs and work packages for the Whitsunday region.

A Bowen Rail Company media release says: “We’re pleased that we can now share with the Bowen community how our commitments on jobs and contracts for the Whitsundays are coming to life,” Ms Brohier said.
“Partnering with Hillery is a perfect example of this and we couldn’t have picked a better local company to do the job considering their strong technical expertise and knowledge of the region,” she said.

Hillery Group is a family-owned business in Bowen, established over 30 years ago, and currently has more than 100 employees. Hillery Group, specialises in civil construction, plant hire and are operators of four local quarries and supply these materials across regional Queensland.

CEO of Hillery Group, Luke Hillery, said the project was a big win for his business and the community

“We’re really proud to have been given the opportunity to deliver this critical piece of infrastructure for Bowen Rail,” Mr Hillery said.


Adani reaching coal seam at Carmichael Project draws flak from conservation groups

Bravus Mining and Resources CEO, David Boshoff holding the first coal.Photo- Bravus Mining and Resources.

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 24 June 2021: A media release from Bravus Mining Resources (Adani Australia), starts off with the heading ‘We have struck coal at Carmichael’. The finding of the first coal at the controversial Carmichael coal project in Queensland which has seen massive agitation against it from environmentalist groups and many legal challenges is no mean achievement. The announcement has received flak from Australian conservation groups who have vowed to continue the fight against the world’s biggest coal mine.

The fact that the project is going ahead despite the worldwide protest and the danger which environmental groups say it poses to the ‘Great Barrier Reef’, reflects the company’s determination in an adverse situation.

Mr. David Boshoff, Bravus Mining and Resources CEO says Bravus had already secured the market for the 10 million tonne per annum of coal produced at the Carmichael Mine.
“The coal will be sold at index pricing and we will not be engaging in transfer pricing practices, which means that all of our taxes and royalties will be paid here in Australia. India gets the energy they need and Australia gets the jobs and economic benefits in the process,” he said.

But environmental groups don’t see this as an occasion of celebration, instead see it as future generations of Australians battling the serious impacts of climate change. “They will look back on today as an abject failure of policy in the face of scientific evidence,” said Mackay Conservation Group campaigner, Sunny Hungerford.

In a press statement, Adani Australia says, Adani’s photo opportunity with 9 lumps of coal comes after billions of dollars spent on site and ten years after they started their project, but Adani has a long way to go before they have an operational coal mine. Adani still need:

To build an operational coal mine,

To build a 200km rail line connecting mine and port which has been subject to consistent flooding due to its location on a floodplain,

To build a major coal handling processing plant,

Approval and access to water after the Federal Court found an “error of law” with Adani’s North Galilee Water Scheme approval process.”

Manjot Kaur, Stop Adani spokesperson and member of the new group, South Asians for Climate Justice said, “We urgently need to stop Adani’s coal mine before this coal is shipped to India. The people of India do not need dirty and expensive coal from Queensland. The people of Bangladesh do not need expensive and dirty energy from Adani’s Godda power plant. And the world can not afford for this coal to be burnt, fuelling worse climate impacts globally.”

Greenpeace Australia Pacific says, “This is coal that must remain in the ground if we are to put the world on a trajectory towards avoiding the worst of climate damage. It’s entirely perverse to imagine that this is a moment for celebration.”

First Carmichael coal up close.Photo- Bravus Mining and Resources.

Adani Mining rebrands as Bravus Mining & Resources, coal production starts 2021

adani new name

By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 5 November 2020: The controversial Adani Mining company developing the Carmichael Coal Project in Queensland has now a new name for its Australian mining business, Bravus Mining & Resources. Adani who has completed ten years developing the world’s biggest coal mine in Queensland is all set to produce its first coal in 2021. The project has faced the flak of environmentalists and faced many legal challenges.

In a media statement emailed to SAT today early morning, Bravus Mining & Resources, CEO Mr. David Boshoff, said now that construction of the Carmichael project was well underway, it was the ideal time to give Adani’s mining business its own Australian brand.

“Our 10 years in Australia has been a journey that has tested the resilience, skills, and determination of our people and has confirmed the depth of our commitment to regional Queensland.

“We have made a significant investment in Queensland and we will be here for the long haul employing local people and doing business in Australia,” Mr.Boshoff said.

“We are proud to be a dedicated Australian company that is part of the North Queensland community. We will continue to stand up and deliver for the good of our community, no matter how courageous it requires us to be, and Bravus, our new name, reflects this intent,” he said.

“Bravus is an Australian company. We operate under Australian law and will pay taxes and royalties here.”

“More than 1,500 people are currently employed on the Carmichael mine and rail project and more than $1.5 billion worth of contracts have been awarded. It is terrific that 88 percent of that work is being done right here in Queensland,” he said.

Claiming that their “high-quality coal would be part of the solution as the global energy mix transitioned to a low emissions future. Criticizing the Stap Adani movement, he said, it ” has tried unsuccessfully to prevent our business from operating in
Australia, but the fact is there is ongoing demand for thermal coal in Asia and India.”

“We have already secured the market for 10 million tonnes per annum of coal produced at the Carmichael Mine, which is focused on India and Asia,” he said.

In a separate statement, Adani Australia announced, the new brand name will be emblazoned on the North Queensland Cowboys’ 2021 season jersey sleeve. North Queensland Toyota Cowboys CEO Mr. Jeff Reibel said the Bravus platinum partnership was a win for the team and its fans.

Adani claims delivering ‘jobs commitments’ amidst allegations of ‘abusing Aboriginal rights’

16 September 2020 Carmichael Coal Mine, Queensland - Photo: Cameron Laird
Photo: Supplied by Adani Australia

By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 18 September 2020: Adani Australia, developing the Carmichael Coal Project in Queensland has claimed to employ more than 1,500 people and awarding more than $1.5 billion in contracts on the Carmichael mine and rail project. The claim comes amidst the company facing charges of abusing Aboriginal rights again by the Wagan Jagalingon Family Council (W &J). They have made a human rights complaint with the Qld Commissioner.

Adani Australia a statement emailed to South Asia Times (SAT) today quotes it’s CEO David Boshoff as saying, “We are proud to have made good on our promises to Queensland, and especially regional Queensland. We’ve created more than 1,500 jobs and signed more than $1.5 billion in contracts.

More than 88% of our contracts are being delivered in Queensland and have been spread across all corners of the state to give as many regions as possible the opportunity to benefit from our project, while also enabling us to tap into the highly-skilled construction and resources industry workforce that Queensland possesses.

The project’s contractors and suppliers are from almost every corner of the state.”

W&J cultural leader, Adrian Burragubba says, “We are harmed – spiritually, culturally and physically – by the desecration and destruction of our land for the Carmichael mine. We are peacefully camping in our homeland practicing our laws and culture. But Adani sends in its security force and calls in the police to intervene”.

Traditional owners protest. Photo- Supplied.

A confident CEO David Boshoff says, “We are looking forward to the day next year when we can celebrate our success with our Queensland partners and employees while watching the first shipment of coal being exported. Until then, it remains full speed ahead on construction,” he said.

‘Stop Adani’ activists protest outside Pacific National and Aurizon’s head offices

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By SAT News Desk

Brisbane/Sydney, December 9: Big crowds rallied outside Pacific National and Aurizon’s head offices this morning, delivering huge piles of coal, singing coal-themed Christmas carols and calling on the rail freight companies to rule out hauling coal for Adani’s controversial Carmichael coal mine.

Today big crowds rallied outside Aurizon and Pacific National headquarters in Brisbane and Sydney, delivering giant piles of coal, with singing, chanting and train whistles, demanding that the coal freighting companies say no to hauling Carmichael coal for Adani.

Queensland spokesperson, Dermot Dorgan, #StopAdani The Gap said, that any association with the Carmichael mine is a reputational risk and that hauling coal for Adani would be a climate train wreck.

“With Genesee and Wyoming recently ruling out hauling Adani’s coal, two companies remain Aurizon and Pacific National,” Mr. Dorgan said.

“More than 60 major companies globally have already said no to supporting Adani’s project because of climate impacts and the associated business risks. We’re urging Aurizon and Pacific National to do the same,” Mr. Dorgan said.

Sydney spokesperson, Vicky Tzioumis, #StopAdani North Sydney said, “Companies like Pacific National that choose to associate with Adani’s controversial brand endanger their reputation and social license.

Photo: Stop Adani

“Adani’s mine, rail, and the port project is a risky financial bet. Adani has shortchanged major engineering companies for tens of millions of dollars and experts say Adani is a “corporate collapse waiting to happen”.

“Australia is already grappling with early bushfires and devastating droughts. Burning coal is the biggest driver of climate change. Aurizon and Pacific National must stand on the right side of history and rule out hauling Adani’s coal,” Ms. Tzioumis said.