Mackay wins Adani jobs for free

A DECISION to hand Rockhampton and Townsville 1100 jobs each from the Adani construction workforce of 3300 had the mayors of both those cities singing the praises of the Indian mining giant.

But the Greater Whitsunday region, made up of Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac, could expect to land just as many jobs from the Adani Carmichael Mine project despite not being named as a fly in fly out hub yesterday.

To secure those FIFO hubs both Rockhampton Regional Council and Townsville City Council will have to fork out $15.5million to Adani in return for the 1100 construction jobs.

Rockhampton and Townsville will also get half of the 1250 operational jobs for the mine's 30-year lifespan. Workers will have to prove they live in the council areas. But without spending a cent the Greater Whitsunday region could land just as many jobs, if not more.

Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson said while those two cities had paid for 2200 construction jobs, Whitsunday, Isaac and Mackay would provide the rest of the workers (between 2500-5000) that would be needed at various stages of construction.

And it would be done so without paying a cent, he said, happily.

"I would be hanging from my toes from Bluewater Quay if I had to buy those jobs," he said.

He was also celebrating the progress; the fact that once the mine was running it would generate further maintenance jobs at Paget for decades to come.

"Our strengths are in maintenance and in technology and in the professionalism we can deliver to the resource sector," he said.

"That happens here in Paget, it is the leading resource sector hub in Australia by far.

"What we are going to see here from the Adani project getting under way is that sector get even stronger."

But the Mayor of the host region is still hoping for an explanation around what the project will actually mean for her local businesses and community.

Despite being the home of the mine Isaac mayor Anne Baker doesn't know what the employment and local content policy looks like.

"We are simply asking the question from the local context - specifically to - what does the local content look like for Isaac? Will people be offered to live in the local community?" she asked.

"We are happy. It is good news for Townsville and Rockhampton, good news for Mackay having the regional maintenance hub but what is the benefit to the local people?"

Construction of the airport, just east of the Carmichael project, is set to begin later this month and work on the mine itself before Christmas.

The 50-50 FIFO decision ends months of anxiety after both cities put in competitive bids with Rockhampton originally pitching a $20million offer to build an airport at the mine and provide airport management support.