May 30, 2018
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has welcomed the issuing of final orders by the Supreme Court on Monday in regards to the proposed Stage 3 coal mine expansion at Acland.
New Acland Coal successfully sought a judicial review to set aside a May 2017 recommendation by the Land Court.
On Monday, Justice Bowskill ordered that:
“The LNP welcomes the decision by the Supreme Court on the New Acland project,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“Hundreds of jobs and communities depend upon the continuation of New Hope’s operation.
“(The) final orders underline that the Palaszczuk Government should have respected the current legal process and not refused the application to amend the environmental authority for the New Acland Stage 3 project.
“Labor’s contempt for the legal process has caused massive investment uncertainty in Queensland.
“It sent shockwaves through the State’s resources sector and showed that, under Labor, Queensland is not a place that is open for business.
“The matter will now be reconsidered by the Land Court and the LNP respects this process.”
A spokesperson for New Hope said the company was extremely pleased with the Orders, which provided the opportunity to secure approval for the project and, in doing so, provide ongoing employment for the about 700 jobs reliant on it.
New Hope will now be seeking to have the remitted hearing commence in the Land Court as soon as possible.