THE State Government has resumed 3568ha of agricultural land for Adani’s rail line from the planned Carmichael Mine to Abbot Point.
The decision was Gazetted last week and has angered a farm group partly backed by the Tim Flannery-led Climate Council.
Land resumptions are a normal part of any infrastructure project and Adani said it has paid tens of millions of dollars to land owners affected by the resumptions who must agree with the conditions.
Land owners have not made any case about the compensation or resumption with the Land Court.
But the Farmers for Climate Action claim it is another hand out for Adani which has so far received a State Government royalties deferment scheme and will receive funding from the Rockhampton and Townsville councils for its mine site airport.
It could also receive Federal Government funding from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility for its rail line.
“It’s shocking that the Queensland Government thinks it’s fair to compulsorily acquire 3568 hectares of land from farmers to stitch up a special deal for Adani’s private rail line,” said fifth-generation grazier William Graham, who runs beef cattle on 50,000 hectares at Withersfield Station near Emerald.