Green groups say strong action on climate change and clean energy would generate 90,000 new jobs across Queensland by 2030, many in regional areas.
That’s tens of thousands more than the Adani coal mine, which is forecasting the creation of 10,000 jobs over the next 25 years.
The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) said the future is in clean energy and protecting the 70,000 jobs that depend on a healthy Great Barrier Reef, not in a reef-wrecking coal mine.
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The ACF research was based on modelling by the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research.
ACF’s Gavan McFadzean said a greater focus on green industries would create jobs in construction, infrastructure, public transport, services and retail.
Eventually more teachers, doctors and nurses would be needed.
“Nurturing the renewable energy industry will be one of the keys to renewal for the environment and these communities alike,” Mr McFadzean said.
The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council has filed an appeal against the Queensland government’s decision to issue leases for the Carmichael mine.
Spokesman Adrian Burragubba has accused Adani and the state of trying to bulldoze the area’s indigenous people.
“We will not stand by while they sing from the same song sheet about their grandiose but hollow plans,” he said.
“We are acting in the courts to stop this destructive project.”
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said Queensland needs the multi-billion dollar project and would be crazy to jeopardise it.
“When I hear people standing up against the development of central Queensland coalfields and the Adani coal mine, which is a $16.5 billion job, I ask … where is your alternate source of income going to come from?” he said.
Mr Joyce said Queensland has massive untapped economic potential and it is up to governments and the people to develop it.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk met with Adani representatives in Townsville on Tuesday to announce final arrangements for the massive project.
She said it will create jobs for generations.