Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill at the Adani HQ for FIFO announcement which will see Townsville and Rockhampton split the FIFO hub.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill at the Adani HQ for FIFO announcement which will see Townsville and Rockhampton split the FIFO hub.

Mayor defends 'secret' funding of Adani airstrip

TOWNSVILLE mayor Jenny Hill has defended her council's decision to partly fund Adani's airstrip following widespread backlash across social media.

Since Thursday's announcement hundreds of people have taken to Facebook and Twitter to question why the council used ratepayers' money to fund a multinational project.

The council put about $18.5 million towards the airstrip, with Rockhampton Regional Council matching their funding.

Cr Hill said while there were "consistent naysayers" the vast majority of people were supportive. "They're saying 'yes, we want the jobs'," she said.

"There's no doubt that this will bring $90 million minimum into our community as well as the 1200 jobs during the construction and the 900 jobs afterwards."

More on this at Townsville Bulletin

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