The open cut mine, owned by Whitehaven Coal, would sit 30 kilometres south east of Moranbah and may affect as many as 18 endangered and vulnerable species, including the curlew sandpiper, koala and southern snapping turtle.In order to move ahead, the draft terms dictare Whitehaven Coal would need to detail how it would mitigate the impacts of their construction and operation, and avoid the need for waterway barriers.
“This project has the potential to make a significant contribution to our region and state,” Ms Gilbert said.“It would require a workforce of up to 500 jobs during the two-year construction period, and support 450 full-time jobs once operational.
The neighbouring Galilee Basin, where Adani’s Carmichael coal mine will be, broke the ice for six other buddying projects that were waiting for final approvals.The public has until July 19 to have their say on the Winchester South mine.
- Speak to our team for a free demo of our mine rehabilitation tool, DecipherGreen
- See how our solutions help manage environmental, standard and approval requirements for mine rehabilitation here