By Jesse Dorsett
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill has demanded that Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel (QNI) “arrive clear with federal government” and open its publications as she begged the point out Treasurer to preserve the town’s battling nickel refinery.
The West Australian Supreme Court has read the Townsville operation is in a dire monetary placement and could confront unspecified implications if a dispute more than mining royalties between its father or mother company and a Chinese business spouse is not settled this week.
A $ forty eight million payment is owing to be made to Queensland Nickel on Monday.
Councillor Hill will fly to Brisbane on Thursday searching for “an urgent assembly with the Treasurer to see what can be accomplished for QNI”.
“QNI pay out payroll tax, it pays GST, it has port charges. There might be numerous, several possibilities to assist QNI to make certain that it stays open,” she mentioned.
But she warned the company “wants to arrive clean with govt in phrases of its publications and transparency of its operations”.
The plant immediately employs about 800 staff in Townsville and is considered to assistance yet another two,000 north Queensland positions indirectly.
“You can not pull more than a billion pounds out of this neighborhood economic climate and not really feel it. But I nonetheless feel there is certainly hope for us and you will find hope to guarantee those doors continue being open,” Cr Hill stated.
“I have acquired to be down there and banging on these doorways of authorities. We’ve obtained to battle for this.”
Cr Hill gained a private briefing from QNI in Oct but stated she was only talking publicly following currently being named in courtroom on Tuesday.
But she explained she had not spoken to Mr Palmer “in quite some time”.
Requested if she experienced phoned Mr Palmer she explained, “I will be getting this battle to the Federal government in the first occasion”.
The ABC has attempted to get in touch with Mr Palmer.
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