Jun 24, 2019

Public input open for $1b coal mine plans

Public input open for $1b coal mine plans

Whitehaven Coal’s proposed $1 billion Winchester South mine,
 30km south-east of Moranbah, has hit a new milestone.

Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General has released draft terms of reference for the project’s environmental impact statement (EIS).

It comes after the Queensland Government’s announcement in April that Winchester South would be declared a co-ordinated project, streamlining approvals.

State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the public had from 24 June till 19 July to comment on the project.

“Winchester South Coal Operations is proposing a metallurgical coal mine to support steel-making, which would create more jobs in Central Queensland and drive sustainable economic activity for the region,” Mr Dick said.

“The Coordinator-General is inviting Queenslanders to have their say on whether the draft terms of reference adequately cover all matters relating to the project’s EIS.”

Assistant State Development Minister and Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the proposed mine would produce up to eight million tonnes of product coal per annum for approximately 30 years.

“This project has the potential to make a significant contribution to our region and state,” Ms Gilbert said.

“It would require a workforce of up to 500 jobs during the two-year construction period, and support 450 full-time jobs once operational.

“The proponent is committed to boosting employment in nearby regional towns like Moranbah, Dysart and Coppabella.

“This is supported by our government’s Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Act which prevents large resource projects from employing 100 per cent fly-in-fly-out workforces.”

View and comment on the draft terms of reference.

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