Next steps for $1b mine, hundreds of construction jobs
EXCLUSIVE: THE $1 billion Olive Downs mine proposal near Moranbah is one step closer, with the environmental assessment process underway, the Daily Mercury can reveal.
The Pembroke Resources proposed coking coal mine would be midway between Moranbah and Dysart.
The environmental assessment is the first step in the mining proposal that could create more than 500 - 700 construction jobs a year over the two years.
The proposed mine is a coordinated project, meaning the independent Coordinator general will efficiently coordinate the environmental assessment process across state and federal agencies.
It is hoped the mine will encourage workers to live locally in towns like Nero and Dysart.
When the mine is up and running, it could maintain up to 960 operational jobs, and could potentially produce up to 14 million tonnes of coal per year.
The draft terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment are now available for public comment.
In Moranbah Thursday, to talk to local businesses about the potential impact of ex-TC Debbie, State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the rigorous environmental assessment process was underway for Pembroke Resources proposed coking coal mine.
Member for Mirani Jim Pearce said the best news for local communities was that Pembroke Resources would encourage workers to live in local towns like Nebo and Dysart.
When the open cut mine is up and running, it could maintain up to 960 operational jobs. It would operate for more than 30 years and produce up to 14 million tonnes per year.
"The resources sector is fundamental to jobs and business opportunities, particularly in our regional communities, and rigorous environmental processes are important to keeping this vital industry sustainable," Dr Lynham said
"The draft terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment are now available for public comment.
"This is the first step in a rigorous process for this mine proposal that could create more than 500 construction jobs a year over two years.
"The Coordinator-General will consider all comments and release the final terms of reference for the environmental impact statement which the proponent will then be required to fully address."
The proposed mine includes an 18km rail spur to the Norwich Park Branch railway, a water pipeline connecting to the Eungella pipeline network, an electricity transmission line and access roads.
The proposed mine is a coordinated project, which means the independent Coordinator-General efficiently coordinates the environmental assessment process across State and Federal agencies.
More to come.