The ACCC has granted approval for 16 coal miners to collectively negotiate with QR for access to its railways.
This interim permission will allow the miners to discuss access to the planned $4 billion Wiggins Island coal export terminal via QR’s Moura and Blackwater rail systems.
The miners have stated that they need to secure rail access urgently to support the initial growth stages of the coal terminal.
This decision by the ACCC allows the coal miners and QR to fast track current negotiations, which the ACCC believes will aid with the terminal’s construction.
However, the negotiation approval is conditional upon any access agreements being given final authorisation by the ACCC.
This final authorisation provides immunity from court for actions that may raise concerns under the Trade Practices Act.
The new terminal will be constructed in stages over the next several years at the Port of Gladstone.