Rockhampton mayor warns Mackay protesters to stay away
ROCKHAMPTON Mayor Margaret Strelow has urged "out-of-town" coal protesters from Mackay planning to voice their opposition against Adani to show respect when in the city on Monday.
A packed house is expected at the Rockhampton Leagues Club this morning with about 300 people paying $30 a head to hear about the opportunities Adani's Carmichael Mine will generate.
It is the first stop in a supplier roadshow series across central Queensland in the next two days. The roadshow comes to Mackay Tuesday.
However, the Mayor is concerned a number of "out-of-towners" from conservation groups are planning to make a scene.
Along with Townsville, Rockhampton is one of two regional centres shortlisted as potential FIFO hubs for the mine. Mackay wasn't shortlisted.
"Today (Monday) we welcome the Adani supplier roadshow and it turns out that we have 'visitors' from out of region (Mackay) conservation groups coming here to make a scene," Cr Strelow said.
"I respect the democratic right of anyone to state their opinion. But on this particular occasion, Adani have come to town to talk to members of the Rockhampton region community about opportunities for providing mining services to them.
"Adani have a similar event in Mackay tomorrow (Tuesday) and that is the moment for the Mackay community to express their opinions."
She said coal would remain a part of the energy mix for the foreseeable future.
"There are jobs to be had and services to be provided," she said. Rockhampton has not tried to jeopardise Mackay's interactions with Adani, we'd appreciate the same respect."