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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Movement at the station for Carmichael Coal

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Thursday, February 10, 2011

    Movement at the station for Carmichael Coal

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe today welcomed the release of the draft Terms of Reference (TOR) for the proposed $10.1 billion Carmichael Coal and Rail project in the Galilee Basin.

    Mr Hinchliffe said the draft framework outlined the proposed scope of the State Government’s requirement for a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the project.

    “If it proceeds, the mine could potentially produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal a year, predominately to service the Indian domestic power market,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “The construction phase of the project could employ up to 5,000 workers and the ongoing operation could support 4,000 workers, with another 2,000 people employed to construct the associated railway.

    “It’s important to note that declaring this proposal a significant project does not constitute Government approval or support for the project, this is just the start of the comprehensive EIS process.

    “The draft TOR provides the framework for the EIS and I encourage all interested parties to get in and have their say.”

    Under the proposal Adani Mining Pty Ltd is proposing to establish rail facilities and coal mines capable of producing 60 million tonnes of coal per annum coal mine.

    The project will involve the development of both a greenfield open-cut coal mine and an underground mine in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland.

    The project will be supported by rail facilities which may connect through to existing coal export terminals at either or both Abbot Point or Hay Point.

    The Galilee Basin is the last undeveloped coal resource in Queensland and is expected to become the state’s largest coal producing region.

    Coordinator General Keith Davies said the scale, potential effects and complexity of the approvals for the project required a rigorous EIS.

    “The EIS will consider the potential environmental, cultural and socio-economic impacts on the local community,” Mr Davies said.

    The proposed $4.1 billion Carmichael Coal Mine is located mostly in the Moray Downs cattle station while the proposed $6 billion railway development is in the Mackay and Whitsunday Regional Council areas.

    The mine is approximately 160 kilometres to the north-west of Clermont and approximately 100 kilometres north of Emerald.

    The draft TOR are available at www.dip.qld.gov.au/carmichaelcoalmineandrail and will be available for review during opening hours at the display locations below from Monday 12 February 2011 to Monday 28 March 2011.

    Display Locations

    Barcaldine

    Barcaldine Customer Service Centre, Barcaldine Regional Council

    71 Ash Street, Barcaldine

    Bowen

    Bowen Customer Service Centre, Whitsunday Regional Council

    67 Herbert Street, Bowen

    Brisbane

    Brisbane City Council Library

    266 George Street, Brisbane

    Brisbane

    Department of Infrastructure and Planning, Customer Service Centre

    Ground floor, 63 George Street, Brisbane

    Charters Towers

    Charters Towers Customer Service Centre, Charters Towers Regional Council

    12 Mosman Street, Charters Towers.

    Clermont

    Clermont Office, Isaac Regional Council

    Corner Karmoo and Daintree Streets, Clermont

    Collinsville

    Collinsville Customer Service Centre, Whitsunday Regional Council

    Corner Stanley and Conway Streets, Collinsville

    Dysart

    Dysart Customer Service Centre, Isaac Regional Council

    Shannon Crescent, Dysart

    Emerald

    Emerald Customer Service Centre,

    Central Highlands Regional Council

    65 Egerton Street, Emerald

    Mackay

    Mackay Customer Service Centre, Mackay Regional Council

    79 Gordon Street, Mackay

    Moranbah

    Moranbah Customer Service Centre, Isaac Regional Council

    Batchelor Parade, Moranbah

    Sarina

    Sarina Customer Service Centre, Mackay Regional Council

    65 Broad Street, Sarina

    All public submissions must be in writing and received by the Coordinator-General via post to PO Box 15009, City East QLD 4002; by fax to 07 3225 8282 or by e-mail to carmichael@dip.qld.gov.au by 5pm on Monday 28 March 2011.

    If you have been affected by the recent floods and have difficulty providing a submission to the Coordinator-General by the due date, please contact the project manager to discuss alternative arrangements on 07 3227 8548.

    A further opportunity for public comment on the project will be available when the EIS is release later in 2011.


    Media contact: 3224 8750