Additional Information to the Environmental Impact Statement
1 September 2014
The New Acland Mine has played a key role in the Darling Downs region as a major employer and economic contributor since it began operations in 2002, and is a major contributor to the Darling Downs and south-east Queensland economies.
Stage 3 of New Acland would continue the mine until approximately 2029, supporting approximately 435 operational jobs at peak, construction jobs of up to 260, plus thousands of indirect jobs.
The revised Project would attract construction costs of around $896 million and would contribute almost $19 billion to the local, regional, state and federal economies.
If the revised Project does not proceed, the coal reserves within the mine’s current lease area will be depleted and the mine will close around 2017, with the loss of hundreds of local jobs and social benefits.
Additional information for the Environmental Impact Statement (AEIS) for New Hope’s revised New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 Project was requested by the Coordinator-General following the public consultation period for the New Acland EIS earlier this year.