Sep 10, 2019

Legal development in New Acland saga

Legal development in New Acland saga

New Hope Group says it has received a judgement in its favour from the Queensland Court of Appeal in relation to the New Acland Stage 3 project.

Failure to get the green light for the $896 million Stage 3 expansion project would see the mine close in early 2021.

The company has already started the process to make 150 workers redundant after failing to gain a State Government commitment on the approvals required for life extension by the start of this month.

The Court of Appeal had ruled against Oakey Coal Action Alliance action against the expansion, New Hope said today.

The court further ruled in favour of New Acland Coal on the matter of groundwater and found that the original Land Court recommendation was infected by apprehension of bias.

In a statement to the ASX, New Hope said it was pleased with the outcome and would wait for the court to make its final orders before assessing the next step for the New Acland Stage 3 expansion.

The State Government said it was reviewing the decision.

A copy of the decision can be found here: https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2019/QCA19-184.pdf

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