QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane is urging the government “to act decisively” (Photo: QRC)

July 11, 2022

The Queensland Resources Council has called on the State Government to stop stalling and declare Stage 3 of the New Acland coal mine a “prescribed project”.

The would mark the proposed mine expansion as one of significance – particularly economically and socially – to Queensland.

QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the Department of Environment and Science took more than six months to hand down a decision regarding New Acland Stage 3’s Environmental Authority and its decision had been thoroughly and appropriately considered.

“The Palaszczuk Government needs to have faith in its own processes and not be held to ransom by minority activist groups,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“No resources project in Queensland history has been more scrutinised or assessed than New Acland Stage 3.

“New Hope Group, its workers and the local community have been stuck on a never-ending roundabout for more than 15 years.

“If the relevant government departments and Ministers Stewart (Mining Leases) and Butcher (Associated Water Licence) believe New Acland Stage 3 should go ahead, then they should back themselves.

“If the Palaszczuk Government believes in its processes and people it needs to declare New Acland Stage 3 a prescribed project.

“Does the Palaszczuk Government really want New Acland Stage 3 to return to the Land Court for a fourth time, and place at risk hundreds of potential new jobs associated with this project?

“It’s time for the government to act decisively.”

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