Bruce Currie rushed back from Brisbane to his property to help save if from fire.
Bruce Currie rushed back from Brisbane to his property to help save if from fire. Contributed

Bushfire keeps grazier from last day of Kevin’s Corner trial

RAGING bushfires kept a grazier from the last day of his Land Court battle to stop Gina Rinehart and Indian company GVK's $4.2 billion Kevin's Corner mine.

Bruce Currie, who was representing himself, rushed back to help fight the blaze on the property he lives on and runs 1800 head of cattle on.

During the two-week trial, Mr Currie argued the Galilee Basin mine would damage his property's groundwater, which feeds into the Great Artesian Basin, and destroy the grazing land.

In a statement released at the start of the trial, GVK Hancock said it had completed geology modelling, an evaluation of groundwater and aquifer occurrences and an assessment of local and regional groundwater resources.

The company said it had delivered a comprehensive level of environmental assessment and consultation to achieve confidence in its ability to limit, mitigate and manage any potential groundwater impacts.

Three other people along with environmental groups Coast and County Association of Queensland, North Queensland Conservation Council and Mackay Conservation Group opposed the mine with Mr Currie.

Coast and Country's lawyer Chris McGrath questioned mine executive general manager Andrew Mifflin about a previous court judgment for the Alpha coal mine that stated there was unsatisfactory evidence about groundwater impacts.

GVK Hancock's proposed Alpha mine is located adjacent to Kevin's Corner.

Dr McGrath asked if this feedback prompted the company to further analyse the groundwater impacts for the Kevin's Corner project.

But Mr Mifflin said no.

No date has been set for the judgment to be handed down.


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