Progress for $1b coal mine proposal
Proponent Whitehaven Coal can now start working on a draft EIS for public consultation.
The Winchester South open-cut mine is expected to deliver 500 new construction jobs and support up to 450 full-time jobs once operational.
State Development Minister Cameron Dick said the operation could extract up to eight million tonnes of product coal each year for about 30 years.
“That type of production would contribute significantly to both the local and state economy, boosting our exports and supporting communities in the region,” he said.
“These terms of reference follow public consultation and will ensure potential impacts on the natural, social and economic environment are appropriately considered.
“Whitehaven WS will now prepare a draft EIS, and once that satisfies Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General the community will have another opportunity to have their say on the project.”
Assistant State Development Minister and Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the proponent would look to employ from local towns in the region, including Moranbah, Dysart and Coppabella.
If approved, it’s estimated construction of the project would commence in 2021, with the first extraction of coal proposed for 2023.
View the final terms of reference.