ACCC gives coal miners go ahead for Dudgeon Point bargaining

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has authorised Queensland coal miners to collectively bargain with Dudgeon point coal terminal.

It comes nearly five months after the ACCC gave interim permission for the miners to collectively bargain for access to the port.

Carabella Resources, Macarthur Coal, Middlemount Coal, New Hope, and Peabody are all seeking port capacity to export from the terminal.

These miners, as well as Rio Tinto, sought two authorisations to collectively bargain with QR Network for access to rail infrastructure to the Dudgeon Point port and Abbot Point Coal Terminal.

"The ACCC is satisfied that the voluntary nature of these agreements, the limited composition of the collective bargaining group and the limited scope of the negotiations will mean that an potential detriment (such as potential delays in the various coal terminals and export earnings) is minimal," acting ACCC chair Michael Schaper said.

IT has authorised all three arrangements for 15 years, which will allow for collective negotiations with Dudgeon Point and QR Network during the development of the coal terminal and for the applicants to carry out any agreements entered into for an initial ten year term.

Dudgeon Point will be built near the existing Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay coal ports.

The Greens have recently raised fears over the development of the coal terminals in the area, senator Larissa Waters stating that "the community is saying their homes are being blanketed with coal dust and they need to keep their windows shut through the whole of summer.

"The noise of the trains, conveyor belts and helicopters is quite unbearable, I am told, and they’re already doing an awful lot of dredging."


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