Michelle Landry pins hopes on $2b rail project

MEMBER for Capricornia Michelle Landry is hoping to give her mine workers the silver lining they need.

In the wake of BMA's job cuts announcement, Ms Landry will meet with Adani Mining officials and Rockhampton Regional Council resources advisor Jane Whyte in Brisbane next week, to try to put her electorate's foot in the door for the Adani rail project.

Adani's $2.2-billion North Galilee Basin Rail project was this week given the green light to go ahead, but it is subject to 23 conditions.

Ms Landry wanted to try to ensure Capricornia residents, especially miners affected by the BMA redundancies, had the opportunity to take up any potential jobs during the construction phase of the rail line.

But, Ms Landry (pictured) said her electorate needed to stop falling back onto "a dwindling mining industry" and to start boosting its agricultural infrastructure.

"That's where our future lies," she said.

"We need big infrastructure projects to help off-set the jobs crisis in the coal sector.

"I am confident some of the projects will be endorsed in theory - but we need to progress further than that."

Ms Landry said she will ask BMA to ensure there was company support in place to for workers who lost their jobs.

Next week, she and fellow LNP Federal MPs will be touring Central Queensland by helicopter to survey areas along the Fitzroy River catchment for potential dams and weirs.


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