TIMELINE OF ADANI’S CHARMICHAEL COAL MINE DECISION:
Adani’s plan to build the controversial Carmichael coal mine is just one step away from going full steam ahead with the approval of one of two outstanding environmental management plans.
* Queensland finally ticks off on Adani’s plan to safeguard the endangered black-throated finch on the central Queensland mine site.
* The federal court hears an appeal against Adani’s indigenous land use agreement, and reserves its decision.
* Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk orders deadlines set on outstanding environmental approval process.
* The mine flagged as a key reason behind Labor’s federal election defeat.
* Queensland rejects Adani’s plan to manage the endangered black-throated finch and seeks a further review of the miner’s groundwater plan.
* Adani’s groundwater plan gets federal approval amid criticism the government rushing the process.
* Thousands of students join a global climate rally demanding the mine be stopped.
* Adani files a court order to bankrupt an indigenous traditional owner who launched numerous court actions against the project.
* Adani downsizes the project from $16.5 billion 60-million-tonnes a year mine to a 10-to-15 million tonnes a year mine costing about $2 billion.
* UN scientists say Australia has a chance to save 30 per cent of the Great Barrier Reef if coal burning is phased out globally within 22 years.
* More than 50 religious leaders urge Adani to abandon its project.
* Owners of native title over the proposed site head back to court in a bid to halt mine.
* Premier Palaszczuk vetos a billion-dollar federal government loan to Adani for the construction of a rail line.
* An Indian former environment minister criticises Australia’s decision to approve Adani’s coal mine saying its environmental track record “leaves a lot to be desired”.
* Owners of native title over the proposed site lose a court appeal against the granting leases.
* Queensland rules out financial support for the Adani mine amid rumours the company is having trouble raising funds.
* Experts warn the mine could put the endangered southern black-throated finch on a fast-track to extinction.
* A factional war breaks out within Queensland Labor over a “royalties holiday” deal for Adani.
* Queensland and federal governments give final approvals to a rail project associated with the mine.
* Queensland approves mining leases for project.
* The federal government re-approves mine subject to “36 of the strictest conditions in Australian history”.
* Federal Court rules in favour of a legal challenge by Mackay Conservation Group which says Environment Minister Greg Hunt failed to take into account advice on the threatened reptiles.
* Mr Hunt approves Adani’s proposal.
* Queensland’s coordinator-general approves the $16.5 billion mine and rail project subject to 190 conditions.
* Adani begins the approval process to establish two new mines and a rail line in the Galilee Basin.
* Premier Anna Bligh declares it a “significant project” which could generate more than 11,000 jobs.