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    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for State Development and Trade
    The Honourable Andrew Fraser

    Port Alma’s Fitzroy Terminal enters stringent assessment process

    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for State Development and Trade
    The Honourable Andrew Fraser

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    Port Alma’s Fitzroy Terminal enters stringent assessment process

    The proposed Fitzroy Terminal project in Central Queensland has entered a stringent State Government assessment and approvals process after being declared a significant project by the Coordinator-General, Keith Davies.

    Mr Davies said a significant project declaration was not an indication of approval or endorsement, but signalled the start of a rigorous assessment of the proposal’s potential environmental, social and economic impacts.

    The Fitzroy Terminal Project, located about 50km south-east of Rockhampton is a $1.2 billion proposal to construct a coal export facility located adjacent to Port Alma with export capacity of 22 million tonne per annum.

    If approved, the project would generate up to 350 construction jobs and up to 150 operational jobs.

    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for State Development Andrew Fraser said it was important to secure appropriate infrastructure to service the growing mining industry in Central Queensland but there needed to be a balance with potential environmental impacts.

    “When the Coordinator-General declares a proposal to be a significant project he does so after considering the project scale, complexity and technology components, as well as the potential effects on the environment,” Mr Fraser said.

    “If approved, the Fitzroy Terminal would help address the increase in demand for essential coal port facilities by providing an alternative port for smaller tonnage mines.”

    The project is owned by a consortium including Queensland based private investment group Mitchell Group Holdings.

    Coordinator General Keith Davies said the declaration would require the proponent to submit an Environmental Impact Statement to assess and minimise impacts on the surrounding world heritage properties, threatened species and listed migratory species.

    “Addressing the needs of mine operators in Central Queensland remains highly important, but this must be balanced with any potential impacts on the surrounding environment,” Mr Davies said.

    The Federal Minister for the Environment, Water, Population and Communities has also decided to conduct an EIS on the project.

    Mr Davies said the next step for the project would be for draft terms of reference to be prepared to be released to the community for feedback and comment.

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