Kelly Butterworth

1600 jobs to come with latest Galilee approval

APPROVAL has been granted to a fifth mine in the Galilee Basin by Queensland's independent Co-ordinator-General.   

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the project's approval would help grow Queensland jobs.  

"AMCI plans to build an open-cut and underground thermal coal mine which could produce up to 17 million tonnes of coal a year for export," said Mr Seeney.  

"The construction of the mine has the potential to create up to 1,600 jobs for Queenslanders and about 1,300 ongoing operational jobs.  

The approval follows on from state and federal government approvals for Alpha Coal, Kevin's Corner, Gallilee Coal Project and the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project.  

If the project proceeds, the South Galilee Coal Project will be located 12 kilometres south-west of Alpha and about 180 kilometres west of Emerald in Central Queensland. It is estimated to have a 33 year operational life.  

AMCI is proposing the project will be delivered in three stages. Stage one is the open-cut Epsilon stage where coal will be transported on the Central Western Railway for export through the Port of Gladstone.

For stages two and three, coal will be transported on a common user railway to the Port of Abbot Point.  

Mr Seeney said should the project proceed, AMCI was committed to employing local people and was considering a bus in bus out option for employees from Emerald as well as fly in fly out options from other major regional centres .

Mr Seeney said the Environmental Impact Statement for the project was thoroughly assessed by the Coordinator-General and he placed 110 conditions to adequately avoid or mitigate potential impacts.  

"If the mine proceeds, AMCI must enter into make-good agreements with landholders and undertake groundwater modelling and monitoring," he said.  

"The mine itself will have to incorporate flood protection measures like levee banks and implement a strict mine water management system."  

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