Ahead of Adani CEO Gautam Adani’s meeting with Malcolm Turnbull today, the Townsville Bulletin is reporting that the company is set to base its headquarters in the north Queensland city. According to the report, Townsville is set to gain new jobs in what would be the first time a mining operations centre was built outside a capital city. We’re sure these new jobs will be just one of many things Adani will bring up with Turnbull as he lobbies for the Australian government to chip in $1 billion for the rail line required to move the coal to the port and out of the country. It also means approval and support of the mine could become a major election issue for the people of Herbert. In this year’s election, Labor’s Cathy O’Toole won the seat from the LNP’s Ewen Jones by just 37 votes after a recount.

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