November 1, 2019
Orders issued by the Queensland Court of Appeal on Friday mean New Acland Stage 3 will now not be referred back to the Land Court, meaning the mine expansion is one step closer to becoming reality.
The court gave its reasons for judgment in September but the actual orders were only handed down on Friday after both New Hope Group and the Oakey Coal Action Alliance filed written submissions about the form the orders should take.
A statement from the New Hope Group – owners of the mine – said the original Land Court orders were now valid and bound all parties.
The grant of the Environmental Authority would also stand.
“There is no further barrier to the Queensland Government now giving final approvals for the New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 project,” the statement said.
“The company now calls on the Queensland Government to immediately grant the required mining leases, associated water licence and approval for the continued use of the Jondaryan loadout facility.
“New Hope remains committed to delivering the New Acland Stage 3 project and will actively work with the relevant government departments to immediately progress the approvals.
“Obtaining final approval as soon as possible is critical to ensuring the continuity of operations and will not only provide certainty for the current workforce but help create approximately 400 new jobs in the region.”
The LNP Opposition said the decision was great news for jobs.
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said the workers, community and courts all supported the New Acland Mine, but the Labor Government did not.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor are now the only ones standing in the way of these much-needed regional jobs,” she said.