New Hope’s bid to win approval for its $900 million New Acland Stage 3 project has gained a second wind with the Supreme Court setting aside a previous Land Court ruling and ordering a new hearing.
Justice Helen Bowskill ordered that the Land Court’s recommendations in May 2017 to reject the applications for mining leases and refuse the application for amendment of the environmental authority be set aside.
She further ordered that the decision made by the delegate of the chief executive of the Department of Environment and Science in February this year to refuse the application for an amendment of the environmental authority be set aside.
The matters will be referred back to the Land Court for further consideration, excluding issues relating to groudnwater, which Justice Bowskill deemed outside that court’s jurisdiction.
In a written statement, New Hope said it was is extremely pleased with the orders, which provided the opportunity to secure approval for the coal project and provide ongoing employment for the circa 700 jobs reliant on it.
“The effect of the orders are that two of the three issues which had led to rejection of the mining leases and refusal of the environmental authority amendment cannot be considered and the conclusions with respect to the third (noise) including conditions are to be reconsidered by a new Member of the Land Court,” the company said.
A copy of Justice Bowskill’s orders and reasons can be found at: