Mining company New Hope has moved a step closer to winning final approval to expand its New Acland operation on the Darling Downs.
New Hope announced that the Queensland Land Court had conditionally recommended that the mining leases and environmental
authority amendment for the stage 3 extension be granted, subject to certain conditions, one of which is aimed at reducing noise impacts on local residents.
New Hope said the recommendation was a positive step for the approval of the project, although there were a number of further steps required in order to obtain final approval.
“New Hope remains committed to delivering the New Acland stage 3 project and will actively work with the relevant government departments to progress through these steps,” the company said in a statement to the ASX.
“Obtaining final approval in a timely manner is critical to ensuring the continuity of operations and, therefore, employment for approximately 300 employees and 500 contractors currently engaged at the New Acland mine.”
Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian McFarlane welcomed the land court’s decision.
“The ruling will be welcome news for the people of Oakey and the Darling Downs, whose future livelihoods would have been in jeopardy with resources depleting,” he said.
“The New Hope mine is one of the region’s most significant employers and one of the most important economic contributors for the Darling Downs.”