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Acland Sent Back To Land Court

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Oakey Coal Action Alliance’s applications have been referred back to the Land Court
(Photo: New Hope)

September 10, 2019

The issue of groundwater and the proposed New Acland Stage 3 coal mine expansion are back to square one following the release on Tuesday of a judgment by the Queensland Court of Appeal.

The judgment, ruling against an appeal by the anti-mine Oakey Coal Action Alliance (OCAA), is the latest in a string of complicated court proceedings linked to the New Acland mine that date back to 2016.

Matters canvassed in the latest judgment include the apprehension of bias in the original Land Court decision and jurisdictional issues linked to groundwater.

All applications by the OCCA have now been referred back to the Land Court to be reheard.

OCCA was ordered to pay New Acland Coal’s appeal costs.

A statement by New Hope – the parent company of New Acland Coal – released after the judgment said the company was pleased with the outcome.

“(The company) will wait for the Court to make its final orders before assessing the next steps for the New Acland Stage 3 project,” the statement said.

“New Hope remains committed to delivering the New Acland Stage 3 project in a timely manner to ensure continuity of operations and ongoing employment in the region.”

OCCA secretary Paul King said the case would now have to be reheard in its entirety.

“This is a very difficult outcome for local farmers who have lived with this threat for 10 long years and now face more uncertainty,” he said.

“The farming land around Oakey is classed in the top 1.5 per cent in Queensland. It is madness that it should be destroyed for the sake of a temporary coal mine.”

Earlier on Tuesday, New Hope Corporation requested a trading halt on the ASX until Thursday morning.

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3 Responses to Acland Sent Back To Land Court

  1. Don’t forget Oakey Coal Action also put in a petition opposing Stage 3 and doubled the number against the New Hope petition. All Queensland postcodes.

  2. Ben

    At the Kingaroy Town Hall meeting re the proposed coal mine near Taabinga Village, just outside Kingaroy, well the over 900 folks got to see the screens with “LNP LIED” and the face of the Qld LNP involved THEN and NOW.

    THEN was a first-time Candidate compared to NOW just seven years on, the Leader and potential alternative Premier.

  3. Rod Long

    That’s a bit uncharitable, Ben. At the Kingaroy Town Hall meeting, 900 people saw the Member for Nanango vote against Moreton’s Kingaroy coal mine, along with the Mayor, all Councillors in attendance and the overwhelming bulk of the audience. Since then, Mrs Frecklington has firmly stated she’s not opposed to mining, just to the Kingaroy proposal because she believes – like many others – that it’s the wrong project in the wrong location. But I didn’t see any screens with “LNP LIED” on them (or anything like it) and I doubt anyone else did either. Perhaps you’re confusing the Kingaroy meeting with something else.

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