Kevin's Corner comment period extended

AN influx of submissions by rural landowners concerned about the risks of subsidence from underground mining has prompted the Queensland government to seek extra feedback on the $4.2 billion Kevin’s Corner coal project in the Galilee Basin.
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Queensland Development, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Jeff Seeney.

Lou Caruana

Hancock Galilee proposed coal mine has an estimated 30-year life and would produce 30 million tonnes of thermal coal per year for the export market.

Interested parties now have an extra four weeks to comment on supplementary information to the environmental impact statement to be released by coordinator-general Barry Broe on November 2.

Broe said the supplementary information addressed issues raised in the 22 submissions received during the public consultation on the EIS.

“Some of the key issues raised in the submissions included the impact of subsidence from underground mining, impacts to flora and fauna, and cumulative impacts to groundwater and surface water,” Broe said.

“The supplementary information that is available for consultation addresses these issues and we encourage stakeholders wishing to make a submission to do so in writing.”

Broe said the project was being assessed under the bilateral agreement with the Australian government.

He said the federal environment minister would also consider the coordinator-general’s EIS Evaluation Report, especially the matters of national environmental significance, before considering the project’s approval under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The Kevin’s Corner project supplementary information on the EIS will be available for public comment from November 5 until December 3.

The project has the potential to deliver 1800 jobs during construction and 1600 once operational, deputy premier Jeff Seeney said.

“Add to that the sheer size and long lifetime of this project means jobs created during production and the overall effect on the state’s economy will be felt for decades to come,” he said.

“While coal market conditions have declined during the last twelve months, it remains important to facilitate an efficient and rigorous environmental assessment process so that projects such as this can be ready for an investment decision as soon as possible.”