But on Friday, Palaszczuk confirmed she would not object to Aurizon’s alternative railway line proposal, even though it is designed to serve Adani’s Carmichael mine as well.
Once developed, the three GVK Hancock holdings alone are expected to produce 90 million tonnes of coal a year for export.
Another major holder is Waratah Coal, which is owned by Queensland magnate and former federal MP Clive Palmer.
But none of the coal deposits can be developed without a means of transporting their product to the coast for export. So a railway line is crucial.