What next for Adani's Queensland coal mine plan?

What next for Adani's Queensland coal mine plan?

Mining conglomerate Adani has come a step closer to constructing its multi-billion Carmichael coal mine and rail infrastructure project in Australia after the federal government approved its groundwater management plans.

The Australian government on Tuesday said it has granted approval to a coal mine project by Indian businessman Gautam Adani.

Adani Mining CEO Lucas Dow said the approval followed more than 18 months of consultation with the department, and the independent evaluation and endorsement of the plan by CSIRO and Geoscience Australia.

The project is an issue for both federal Labor and the LNP coalition because Queensland is one of the key states needed to win federal government.

Mr Dow said the Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Management Plan and the Groundwater Management and Monitoring Plan detailed all the activities that would be undertaken and safeguards implemented to ensure approval conditions were met.

Price insisted the approval was made on scientific grounds with input from the CSIRO and Geoscience Australia.

Adani coal mine plan is said to be a substantial phase for the central Queensland project.

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The last remaining management plan Adani still needs to secure concerns a local and protected bird species in the region, the black-throated finch.

In the meantime, Adani plans to lobby central Queensland households with a letter drop campaign calling for the state government to back the mine. To date, only 16 of 25 environmental plans have been finalised or approved by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments with a further 9 to be finalised, the statement read.

It will tell residents it wants the Queensland government to get the project up and going so it can deliver thousands of jobs.

Capricornia candidate Wade Rothery said the $2billion dollar rail investment would generate enormous earnings of up to $1billion dollars each year once Adani and other Galilee Basin mines were at full production.

Queensland Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch says her department will consider whether the groundwater plan identifies the Doongmabulla Springs Complex as a water source, among other things.

"Of course we will watch with interest to see the State Government go through its final processes and we look forward to welcoming the jobs for our community", Cr Strelow said.

Labor leader Bill Shorten said in government he would be guided by the "best science and the law of the land" on the Adani approvals, but no taxpayer money would go to the project.