New Hope to hold second Community Information Session on revised New Acland Project
29 January 2013
A second Community Information Session about the revised version of the New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 Project will be held in Oakey tomorrow, Wednesday 30 January, from 3pm to 8pm.
The information session follows the reissuing by the Queensland Coordinator-General on December 1 of a draft Terms of Reference (ToR) for the revised version of the project to allow the community to review and provide feedback on it.
New Hope Corporation Limited recently announced a revised version of the project which addresses key community concerns associated with the previous expansion proposal for the New Acland coal mine at Oakey while also continuing the operation beyond 2017.
New Hope Chief Operating Officer Bruce Denney said New Hope was holding the second community information session at the Oakey RSL to engage local residents and other stakeholders about the revised New Acland continuation project and the draft ToR.
The Coordinator-General, who is responsible for developing, releasing and finalising the draft ToR, has extended the standard formal public notification period from four weeks to nine weeks between 1 December 2012 and 4 February 2013 as the public comment period fell over the Christmas school holidays.
“New Hope will involve the community through all stages of the approvals process and will continue to work in partnership with local residents and stakeholders to develop the revised project,” Mr Denney said.
“The revised project will be subject to a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), involving rigorous scientific and environmental investigations that will be made available to the community during the EIS consultation process and assessed by the State Government.
“All stakeholders and local residents are welcome to attend the community information session to speak with New Hope representatives about the revised project and the draft ToR.
“We urge locals to take the opportunity to learn more about the revised plans and provide input into the project to help minimise impacts and maximise community benefits by attending the information session or contacting the company directly via telephone, email or post.
“The draft ToR sets out the matters New Hope will be required to address in preparing the EIS.
“Formal submissions specifically about the draft ToR should be sent directly to the Office of the Coordinator-General by 4 February 2013.”