New Hope warns of major job cuts if expansion rejected

THE managing director of a major Darling Downs coal operation said the region would face major job cuts if approval was not given for the New Acland Coal Mine stage three.

New Hope's Shane Stephan said the group was committed to progressing approvals for the expansion, currently under review by the Labor Government.

"New Hope has been involved in a rigorous approvals process for New Acland Stage 3 since April, 2007, and has played a key role in the Darling Downs region as an employer and economic contributor since it began operations in 2002," he said.

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"The current Stage 2 of the mine is due to finish operations in 2017 or so, meaning if Stage 3 is not approved, hundreds of employees will lose their jobs, plus thousands more indirect jobs will be lost in the region.

"Stage 3 of the New Acland Project will provide a further boost of $12 billion to the local, state and national economies over the life of the mine."

He said the revised stage 3 project would extend the life of the current operation to about 2039, which would take the number of full-time operational jobs to about 435 and 260 more jobs during construction.

"The approval of New Acland Stage 3 ensures that the current and future employment and economic benefits are not lost to the Darling Downs, and that New Hope continues to be a major employer in the region."



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