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    Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development
    The Honourable Andrew Fraser

    CAVAL RIDGE MINE CLEARS STATE’S ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

    Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development
    The Honourable Andrew Fraser

    Thursday, August 12, 2010

    CAVAL RIDGE MINE CLEARS STATE’S ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

    Treasurer Andrew Fraser has announced the State Government had granted conditional approval to the proposed $4 billion Caval Ridge Coal Mine in the Bowen Basin, subject to a raft of strict development and operating constraints.

    The Treasurer said the Coordinator-General’s evaluation comes after more than 18 months of rigorous environmental impact assessment.

    The report will now be provided to the Australian Government Minister for Environment for further assessment under Commonwealth environmental legislation.

    “This project is expected to create 1200 construction jobs and 495 ongoing operational jobs for up to 30 years,” Mr Fraser said.

    “Construction of the mine could commence in 2011, with first coal exports by 2014.

    “The project proponent is the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), Queensland’s largest coal exporter and they obviously see a prosperous future in Queensland.”

    Infrastructure and Planning Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Coordinator-General’s report has stipulated the most prescriptive and comprehensive set of conditions for a coal mine in Queensland, to date.

    “The conditions set clear principles and procedures with respect to air quality monitoring, dust and water management, community consultation and the mitigation of potential social impacts of the mine,” he said.

    “Other conditions include a requirement for extensive vegetation offsets and infrastructure agreements on road impacts, particularly the Peak Downs Highway.”

    If the project proceeds it would see construction of a new open-cut coal mine that straddles the Peak Downs Highway near Moranbah, 170 kilometres south-west of Mackay.

    The Coordinator General’s conditions also require:

    ·A network of 16 air monitoring stations located around the mine and towards the Moranbah township

    ·A Housing Impact Plan to provide worker accommodation and related accommodation in Moranbah

    ·Implementation of controls to guard against adverse weather conditions

    “The mine will produce 5.5 million tonnes of coal each year for the next 30 years and process an additional 2.5 million tonnes each year from BMA’s adjacent Peak Downs Mine,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “Further public consultation on the draft Social Impact Management Plan for the mine will occur over the next 12 months.”

    Caval Ridge is just one part of a larger Bowen Basin Coal Growth Project being developed by BMA which includes the new Daunia Mine, a large expansion of the existing Goonyella Riverside Mine and the relocation and upgrade of the Moranbah airport.

    The Coordinator-General’s Report for the Daunia Mine was finalised in October 2009 and that mine now has its State and Commonwealth approvals.

    The environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Goonyella Riverside Mine expansion is expected to be available for public comment before mid-2011.

    Media contact:

    Minister Hinchliffe’s office – 3224 8750
    Treasurer’s office – 3224 5982