• The Queensland government has accepted Adani's plan to protect the black-throated finch. (BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA)
Adani is one approval away from resuming construction of its Queensland coal mine after its plan to protect an endangered finch was accepted.
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NITV News
31 May 2019 - 11:28 AM  UPDATED 31 May 2019 - 11:30 AM

The Queensland government has approved Adani's plan to protect a rare bird, leaving the company one step away from being able to proceed with its contentious coal mine.

The state environment department has finally ticked off on Adani's plan to safeguard the endangered black-throated finch, which lives on its Carmichael mine site in the Galilee basin.

The Indian company must now secure one final state approval, on how it will manage groundwater, in order to resume construction of the mine.

The approval of the finch management plan follows the premier's intervention last week, after Labor's shock defeat at the federal election.

Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was fed up with delays to state approvals, and conceded voters were too, after Labor was thumped in regions that want Adani's jobs.

She ordered the coordinator-general to sit down with the company and officials from her environment department and agree on approval deadlines.

Adani is now waiting on one final state approval, with a decision on its groundwater management plan due by June 13.

The company has vowed to resume the mine's construction as soon as it has both approvals in the bag.

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