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GVK Hancock Alpha mine and graziers face off in court

TIME WILL TELL: Jericho grazier Bruce Currie is concerned for his dwindling water supply.
TIME WILL TELL: Jericho grazier Bruce Currie is concerned for his dwindling water supply. Contributed

PROPERTY owners opposing the proposed GVK Hancock Alpha mine face a nervous wait after final submissions from both sides were heard in the Emerald court on Friday.

Jericho grazier Bruce Currie and Bimblebox Nature Refuge landholder Paola Cassoni were present as the court heard GVK's legal counsel make the company's final pitch for approval.

Mr Currie said it would take two months before a decision was made one way or the other.

"I don't know really what the outcome's going to be," he said.

Mr Currie and his fellow landholders are concerned the mine will have a detrimental effect on their properties, and are vying

for some form of contingency.

"Our groundwater should be protected before this mine can go ahead," Mr Currie said.

"I'm confident it can be achieved, I'm not saying it will be achieved."

A GVK Hancock spokesperson said the company was hopeful of realising the desired outcome.

"We… are confident we can demonstrate to the court it should recommend to the ministers that the mining lease and environmental authority be granted," the spokesperson said.

Mr Currie will not just be sitting at home with his fingers crossed during the decision-making process.

"We'll keep getting our message out whenever we can," he said.

He wants a make-good agreement to be implemented before the mine can go ahead.


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