Springsure Creek underground coal mine gets the big tick
THE Queensland Government yesterday approved the Environmental Impact Statement for Bandanna Energy's $1.2 billion Springsure Creek underground coal mine.
Managing director Michael Gray said the mine was on track to commence production in mid-2015.
Mr Gray said the EIS approval was good news for Central Queensland's economy.
If the project proceeds, the company said the construction of the first stage would create 1000 full-time jobs and a further 2000 jobs indirectly.
These include 380 direct full-time positions and 560 flow on jobs in the Central Highlands, Rockhampton and Gladstone regional council areas.
"This is one of the few current mining projects in Queensland that is ready to proceed in the immediate future with access to existing rail and port capacity," he said.
"We have given unprecedented commitments to the Queensland Government to protect the productivity of agricultural land, so we are pleased that our EIS has been approved, and we can now move into the final regulatory approval stages for the grant of the mining lease for the mine area."
Central Queensland's Golden Triangle Community Group have in the past expressed concern about the environmental impacts of the mine.
They yesterday chose not to comment until the government releases its EIS assessment report.