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A spokesman for engineer group AECOM, which won the contract for the design of the Carmichael Rail Network, said the design work was ­progressing on schedule
A spokesman for engineer group AECOM, which won the contract for the design of the Carmichael Rail Network, said the design work was ­progressing on schedule

ADANI jobseeker events at Townsville and Palm Island have been postponed not much more than a week after they were announced.

Mining contractor Downer has removed information about the events from its website and declined to answer questions about the change.

Adani spokesman Ron Watson, who released a statement announcing the events on November 27, also did not respond to inquiries yesterday.

The Townsville and Palm Island events were announced for December 12 and 13.

When Downer was asked if the community engagement events at Townsville and Palm Island were still proceeding, the company said they were being rescheduled.

"Downer has sent an email to all those who expressed interest that these community information sessions are being rescheduled,” the company said in a statement. "The same people will be advised when the new dates are confirmed.”

Downer also responded to a question about its status with Adani, saying that it had Letters of Award for work at the mine but no binding contracts.

It did not respond to questions about why information on its website had been removed, what the interest level was from people interested in the community engagement events, and whether it was concerned about reports that Chinese banks will not finance Adani's Carmichael project.

Palm Island Mayor Alf Lacey said he was not aware the community engagement event for Palm had been postposed or rescheduled.

Cr Lacey said many of the island's residents were direct descendants of traditional owners of the area where the mine was to be developed and this was a reason why Adani was interested to involve the Palm Island community.

Townsville Enterprise director Michael McMillan said they were not aware the community engagement events had been postposed but had requested a meeting with Adani for an update on the project.

Some of China's biggest banks, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and China Construction Bank, have announced they do not plan to finance the mine.

Sources suggest this is not make or break for the project and that Adani is investigating other avenues for finance.

A spokesman for engineer group AECOM, which won the contract for the design of the Carmichael Rail Network, said the design work was progressing on schedule.

"There are around 100 AECOM staff assigned to the project. Some are Townsville-based and some are fly-in fly- out,” the spokesman said.

The manager of Charters Towers-based company GA Services North Queensland, Dean Bowditch, said he could not comment on its work for Adani related to providing camp accommodation services "due to contract terms”.


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