Diversified conglomerate Adani Enterprises said on Tuesday it has won a key approval for its groundwater management plan to construct a thermal coal mine and rail infrastructure project in Australia.
Bill Shorten - who, like the government, has been caught between the conflicting imperatives of campaigning in central Queensland and in southern Australia on this issue - said the Queensland government now had to go through its processes.
The groundwater management plan also requires approval from the state government, Reuters was told last week by the state's environmental department, which is also assessing a management plan for an endangered bird.
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.
"We welcome the Minister for the Environment's approval of the groundwater management plans for the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Infrastructure project", said Adani Mining's CEO Lucas Dow.
The other is the Black-throated Finch Management Plan.
"But it has to be done properly and so the Minster sent this for independent assessment by the CSIRO and GeoScience Australia". 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.
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has slapped down internal Coalition critics who are demanding swift approval for the Adani coalmine, insisting the government will follow "expert scientific advice" on an imminent environmental decision.
Adani coal mine plan is said to be a substantial phase for the central Queensland project.
"It's time the Queensland Government gave us a fair go and stopped shifting the goal posts so we can get on with delivering these jobs", he said.
GetUp said there would be a backlash against the decision.
With a green light from the Queensland Government, construction can now begin on the mine north of the Galilee Basin. "We are not interested in sovereign risk".
Queensland Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch has already flagged her own concerns with the project, and the most recent approvals from the Federal Government.
Adani said previous year it would fully fund the coal mine and rail project on its own.