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EIS released for proposed China Stone Coal project

The public has been invited to have their say on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposal to establish a new thermal coal mine in the northern Galilee Basin.

Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham said the China Stone Coal project proposed by MacMines Austasia Pty Ltd would provide up to 3900 jobs during the proposed two-year construction phase and up to 3400 operational positions. The project’s capital expenditure would be about $6.7 billion.

“This is a significant milestone for this project, which is an important contributor to the ongoing development of the Galilee Basin,” Dr Lynham said.

“The site is located approximately 300 km west of Mackay, north of and adjacent to the proposed Carmichael Coal mine in Central Queensland.

“The China Stone Coal project involves the construction and operation of a greenfield open-pit and underground thermal coal mine within a 20,000 hectare mining lease area.

“The project could realise significant economic and social benefits on a regional, state and national scale with the capacity to produce up to 38 million tonnes per annum of product coal.

“Once operational, the mine is estimated to contribute $5.9 billion to the Queensland and Australian revenue through coal royalties over the 50 year life of the mine.”

The Coordinator-General has released the draft EIS for public comment.

The draft EIS can be view at www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/chinastone or at the following locations:

Charters Towers Excelsior Library, 130 Gill Street, Charters Towers
Clermont Library, corner of Karmoo and Herschel Streets, Clermont
Moranbah Library, Grosvenor Complex, Batchelor Parade, Town Square, Moranbah
National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra, ACT
State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane.

Submissions can be made until September 7 at www.haveyoursay.dsd.qld.gov.au/coordinatorgeneral/chinastone


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