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    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Anthony Lynham

    Abbot Point coal port project takes a step forward

    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Anthony Lynham

    Thursday, August 20, 2015

    Abbot Point coal port project takes a step forward

    The development of the Galilee Basin advanced a step today with the release of a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Abbot Point coal port project.

    Speaking in Bowen where he met with local stakeholders, including council, business, and community representatives, State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the draft EIS was now available for public comment until 18 September.

    “This is a milestone for the sustainable development of the Galilee Basin and the jobs and economic development it could deliver for Queenslanders,” he said.

    “We’ve delivered on our election commitment to protect the Great Barrier Reef and the nationally-significant Caley Valley Wetlands.

    “We are putting dredged material on port land next to the existing terminal, and we are minimising impacts to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area by ruling out at-sea disposal.

    “The community can now have its say on the draft EIS with around 2400 pages of detailed investigatory information and almost 150 commitments to protect the environment.”

    Dr Lynham said the draft EIS would be available for comment until close of business on 18 September, allowing more than 20 business days for public consultation.

    The proposed expansion of Abbot Point will boost its capacity to meet anticipated export demand from proposed Galilee Basin mining projects.

    Dr Lynham said the government was holding to its commitment that this infrastructure would not be funded by taxpayers, as was planned under the previous LNP Government.

    “Importantly, any expansion at the port will be at the cost of Galilee Basin developers, including Adani, not Queensland taxpayers,” he said.

    “The Queensland Government will deliver a robust final EIS, which will include feedback from consultation, to the Commonwealth Government in early October.

    “It’s then up to the Commonwealth Government, which has 40 business days to assess the EIS and deliver a final decision on the project.

    “Work will only begin when environmental approvals have been received.

    “We expect these works will create around 160 jobs for at peak construction.”

    Submissions are open until 5.00pm, 18 September 2015.


    To view the draft EIS visit:

    • dsd.qld.gov.au/abbotpoint  
    • From Friday 21 August, State Library of Queensland and libraries in Bowen, Townsville (Flinders Street) and Mackay (Gordon Street).

    To comment:

    Write to:

    Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project

    Department of State Development

    PO Box 15009

    City East Qld 4002

     

    ENDS                          20 August 2015

    Media contact:           Jan Martin     0439 341 314