$1b Coal Mega Mine near Moranbah Starts Consultation

The Famous Moranbah Bucket

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Community residents have been invited to have their say on a proposed $1 billion open cut metallurgical coal mine that will be built 40 km southeast of Moranbah in Central Queensland.

The proposed mega mine, known as the Olive Downs mine, will see thousands of jobs delivered to the region during construction and following delivery, with the most recent press releases citing yearly figures of 500 construction jobs and then around 1000 ongoing operational jobs.

According to the Honourable Cameron Dick, the project proposal includes:
  • Coal handling and crushing facilities at the mine’s Olive Downs South and Willunga precincts
  • A rail link to transport coal to the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal
  • A water pipeline and power transmission line.

The project’s draft EIS is currently available online until 10 October 2018.

Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, has said that the mega mine “would create an average of 500 jobs a year during construction and be an economic driver for local communities.”

“The proposed mine would be midway between Moranbah and Dysart and includes an 18 kilometre rail spur to the Norwich Park Branch railway, a water pipeline connecting to the existing Eungella Pipeline, an electricity transmission line and access roads,” Mr Dick said.


“When the open cut mine is up and running, it could maintain an average of 1000 operational jobs and produce up to 15 million tonnes of coal per year.”

“Importantly, Pembroke Resources will encourage workers to live in local towns like Moranbah, Nebo, Dysart and Middlemount and provide the necessary accommodation for them there, which is exactly what our government’s Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Act is all about.”

Pembroke Olive Downs Pty Ltd is the company behind the $1b mine proposal, whose Chief Executive believes will be one of the "last major developments" to be built in Australia. However, numerous other projects could be argued to be just as massive, or even bigger, including Melbourne’s $50b Suburban Rail expansion and our nation’s mega $9.3b Inland Rail project.

“I believe this is one of the last major developments of this generation,’’ Pembroke executive chairman Barry Tudor said.


Source: Queensland Government


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