Supreme Court to hear coal mine row

A SUPREME Court bid to overturn the Queensland Government's decision to allow a controversial coal mine near Ipswich to reopen this year will be heard in Brisbane on Friday.

Tourism executive and Flight Centre Managing Director Graham Turner is heading the campaign against the Ebenezer mine reopening and opponents have served a writ on Queensland Mines Minister Stirling Hinchliffe.

A directions hearing for the matter has been set down in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Friday.

Lawyers for community groups opposed to the mine will submit that the State Government had no legal right to renew Singapore-based OGL Resources Limited's lease on the abandoned 675 hectare Ebenezer coal mine near Amberley.

Mr Hinchliffe has previously said the OGL followed proper processes in gaining the mining lease.


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