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Uncertainties and risks remain for Kevin’s Corner

02 November, 2015

Closing submissions for the objection to Hancock Galilee Pty Ltd’s Kevin’s Corner coal mine project were heard in the Land Court of Queensland last Friday.

Closing submissions for the objection to Hancock Galilee Pty Ltd’s Kevin’s Corner coal mine project were heard in the Land Court of Queensland last Friday.

EDO Qld represented community group Coast and Country Association of Queensland Inc (CCAQ), who was one of several objectors in Court, in an objection to the mining lease (ML) and environmental authority (EA) for the project.

Throughout the two-week trial, the Court was well-informed of the likely costs, benefits and risks of the proposed project, which would be located just 65 km north-west of the Alpha township in Central Queensland.

As per the normal legal process, the Court provided a platform for decision-makers access to more information and expert analysis about the project before it proceeds – and the opportunity for the community to voice their concerns.

EDO Qld acknowledges that without this process, the community would be have unable to voice their concerns before an impartial decision maker.

At the end of the trial it is clear that uncertainties and risks remain if the Kevin’s Corner project is allowed to proceed.

During the trial, the Court heard from expert witnesses including groundwater expert Dr John Webb and economist Rod Campbell.

Local grazier, Bruce Currie, also cross-examined witnesses from the project, a project that risks destroying his farm, his home and his livelihood.

EDO Qld acknowledges the Land Court of Queensland requires time to carefully consider the evidence and expects the decision to be reserved.

Background

Kevin's Corner Project Coal Mine is located approximately 65 km north-west of the Alpha township and 110 km south-west of the township of Clermont within the Barcaldine Regional Council area in Central Queensland, Australia.

According to the Coordinator-General's evaluation report the mine will produce 30 million tonnes per annum (45 ROM) open-cut and underground thermal coal mine for 40 years. The mine will consist of 3 underground long wall areas and two open cut pits. The project would rely on the railway infrastructure of the Alpha Coal Project to transport coal to the Port of Abbot Point, Bowen

GVK Hancock (Hancock Galilee Pty Ltd) applied for an environmental authority under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld) (EP Act) and a mining lease under the Mineral Resources Act 1989 (Qld) (MR Act) for the Kevin’s Corner Coal Mine Project on or about 18 December 2009.