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Infrastructure revival planned for $950m coal project

A Queensland resource producer will spend nearly three-quarters of its project capital expenditure on reviving a 131km-long transport corridor in the state’s South Burnett region.

If a subsidiary of Moreton Resources proceeds with its South Burnett Coal Project, up to $700 million will be spent on the final transport corridor solution between the mine and Theeebine Rail Line, and a further $250m will be invested in mine development and commissioning.

The detailed proposal from MRV Tarong Basin Coal includes a dedicated rail line and/or slurry pipeline running across the western Gympie region.

The rail line will cross the towns of Kingaroy, Wondai, Murgon, Goomeri, Kilkivan and Theebine, which is widely speculated to effectively reopen what is currently a defunct railway line.

Up to 300 people will work on the transport corridor for a 24-36 month period plus an additional 300 staff at the Mine Development Advancement Project.

The project is still in the public comment phase and community opposition from the Kingaroy Concerned Citizens Group and other community groups has been fierce.

Major concerns include the potential impacts of airborne coal dust, particularly during transit on the railway line.

The Queensland Department of State Development recently released the draft terms of reference for the mine and submissions close at 5pm on 14 November 2016.

To make a submission or read the initial advice statement, click here.

 

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