The Isaac Regional Council has slammed mining company Bravus, formerly Adani, over its behaviour in relation to the Carmichael Coal Mine project.
- The Isaac Regional Council says Bravus is failing to meet its obligations in an infrastructure agreement with the council
- The council has passed a motion saying they are dissatisfied with Bravus’ behaviour
- They called on Bravus to review its approach, “do the right thing”
The council, which is known for traditionally supporting mining and its impacts on the local economy, unanimously passed a motion today that, “expressed strong dissatisfaction over Adani’s handling of the Carmichael Mine project”.
“We are disappointed with Adani’s treatment of local landholders and their non-compliance with some of their obligations,” Mayor Ann Baker said.
“Frankly, Isaac Regional Council have lost patience with the behaviour of this company.
“That incorporates economic, social and environmental commitments to the communities in which they operate.”
Compliance ‘very questionable’
The motion pointed to an ongoing dispute between Bravus and nearby landholders, legal disputes with the council, and the company allegedly running recruitment advertisement almost exclusively in Rockhampton and Townsville, not in the Isaac region.
Cr Baker said Adani’s response to an infrastructure agreement between the company and the council needed to be abided by, but their current compliance was “very questionable”.
There is an ongoing legal dispute between the council and Bravus about the standards for road construction in relation to the agreement.
The motion stated Adani had failed to meet its obligations as it was requesting extensions to deadlines in the agreement, and it was failing to manage project traffic safely on the Mine Access Road, with construction standards, severe dust and the temporal condition of sections of the road a severe concern.
“But we have got to a point with dissatisfaction that this is appropriate.
“This will be of no surprise to key stakeholders.”
But Cr Baker said the council was open to discussing ways forward with Bravus.
The motion authorised the council’s chief executive officer to take the necessary actions to address council’s concerns, including communicating them with the company.
“Our door is always open,” Cr Baker said.
“The dialogue will remain open, but there can be no mistake or misinterpretation of council’s current dissatisfaction with the behaviour.
The Carmichael Coal Mine is a thermal coal project under construction west of Mackay in the Galilee Basin.
Company hits back at claims
A spokesperson for Bravus Mining and Resources said the council’s move “could only be described as a smear campaign against [the] business”.
“We are not always going to agree with all of our stakeholders all of the time,” the spokesperson said.
“That is why within our various legal agreements, there are clear and defined dispute resolution processes which stakeholders are expected to abide by.
The spokesperson said one of the conditions placed on a road upgrade was to “provide a level of flood immunity greater … than some parts of the Bruce Highway”.
“This request does not make technical or commercial sense and as such we are in dispute with [the council],” the spokesperson said.
“We are focussed on providing safe and reliable infrastructure and only ask that the [council] takes a pragmatic, sensible and commercial approach to such matters.
“In some instances this means keeping an open mind and being prepared to consider new alternatives or options that provide safer and better commercial outcomes. “
The spokesperson said the company’s employment processes allowed for people from the Isaac region to apply for jobs on the project, and to claim people from the region had been excluded was untrue.
“We remain committed to working in a professional and constructive manner with the Isaac Regional Council, however if a similar attitude does not exist with the [council], we will be seeking the Queensland Government to intercede in order to safeguard the thousands of jobs our project is delivering in North and Central Queensland,” they said.
“The livelihoods of thousands of workers on our project are too important to be swept up in local political issues.”