New Hope welcomes final ToR for revised New Acland plan

26 March 2013

The New Hope Group has welcomed the release of the final Terms of Reference (ToR) for the revised version of the New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 Project, which is a significant project for Queensland and the Darling Downs.

The revised Project compromises on 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 the revised Project would extend the life of the current operation until about 2029, boosting current employment from 300 local jobs to about 400, increasing 160 full-time equivalent contractors to 170 positions and growing indirect jobs from about 2,300 to more than 2,850.

Under the revised Project the town of Acland would be left in place, the existing Jondaryan Rail Loading Facility would be moved eight kilometres away from the town, the land used for mining would be reduced by more than half and Lagoon Creek would not be diverted.

He said the ToR released by the Queensland Coordinator-General today set out the specific matters that must be addressed in preparing a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the revised Project.

“This is a comprehensive document that takes into consideration the specific matters raised by local residents and other stakeholders in their submissions to the Coordinator-General,” Mr Denney said.

“The ToR provide a clear direction for the full EIS investigations into social, environmental, economic and cultural implications and the development of appropriate management strategies to be conducted over the coming months.

“We will involve the community through all stages of the approvals process and continue to work in partnership with local residents and key stakeholders to develop the revised Project and maximise opportunities.”