Construction is being halted for the construction of a massive, six-lane highway on the coast of western Australia after coronavirus hit the country last month.
The Queensland government has also announced it will stop all work on a new airport at Lismore Airport and a major coal mine at the remote town of Fynn, in the north-east of the state.
Crossland Construction Group has halted construction at its Crossland Coal mine in the remote area of the Great Australian Desert because of coronaviruses.
Key points:The WA Government has stopped all work at coal mines and ports across the state because of COVID and other concernsThe Federal Government has also made plans to build the first new airport in Queensland in 25 years at a remote remote site in the Great Northern DesertMr Newman said the Queensland Government would continue to work with other states and territories to develop a high-speed rail network across the country.
“We’re also taking some steps to speed up our COVID response and our response to coronavillosis,” he said.
“What we’re doing right now is we’re getting on the train.
We’re trying to get on the track.
We have to get to the point where we can actually get there faster than we’ve been.”‘
I don’t think we’re done’The Federal Opposition has said the Government’s decision to slow the pace of construction of the Crossland coal mine is “disgraceful”.
“It’s disgraceful, it’s not the way to go about it,” Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said.
Opposition leader Bill Shortens has labelled the delay a “shameful” decision by the WA Government.
He said the closure of Crosslands coal mine and airport will cost the state and regional economy about $15 million a year.
“It is really disappointing that the WA government has made the decision that we can’t get on with the job and we’ve had to stop all construction on the coal mine,” Mr Shorten told the ABC’s 7.30 program.
“And we are not done.
We will continue to push for this high-quality rail network and for a low carbon economy.”
Mr Newman has said he believes the Government should have waited until the coronaviral pandemic was over to begin construction.
“If you look at the facts, the fact that this coronavoid is coming into Australia now is not the time to get into the construction phase,” he told ABC Radio Perth.
“I don, and I know there’s some other parts of the country that are not so well developed, but we have a lot of work to do and we need to get this done.”
Mr Shorten’s comments come as a Queensland Government-funded study of the coal mines suggests they could be viable sites for new coal export terminals.
However, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has said she wants to wait until coronavid is contained before the coal mining industry is put to a competitive bidding process.
The WA government is also investigating whether the mines should be considered a high priority for the state’s new coal hub, the Port Augusta.
The port is expected to open in 2020.
Topics:health,health-administration,lifestyle-and-leisure,health,environment,government-and–politics,australiaFirst posted May 18, 2019 18:36:21Contact Matt SpenceMore stories from Western Australia