Premier hopes new mine will help fund schools and hospitals

QUEENSLAND Premier Newman believes royalties from the Carmichael Mine approval will help pay for schools, hospitals and other infrastructure across the state.

He said he was committed to ensuring Queensland's environmental and economic interests were served.

"I welcome the approval of this important project. It will create a lot of jobs for Queensland," he said.

"It's going to boost our economic growth and royalties will come back to this state for many, many years to pay for schools and hospitals and the infrastructure that people want to see across Queensland.

"So it's good that it's been approved with strong environmental conditions and I look forward to seeing these projects actually happen.

"We believe in economic growth, but we believe in protecting the environment and they will be strongly enforced. I promise Queenslanders that."

The federal decision means construction and operation of the mine and rail project will be subject to 36 Commonwealth and 190 State Government environmental conditions that will protect water supplies in the Great Artesian Basin and local biodiversity.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney also said Queenslanders could be assured the mine's impact on the environment would be minimised.

"It is expected to generate over $500 million annually in direct and indirect benefits to Queensland's economy during construction and almost $3 billion at full export capacity," he said.

"The Queensland Government will continue to work with project proponents, the Adani Group, to ensure the project is given its best possible chance of proceeding."

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