Queensland has approved the construction of a $2 billion rail corridor to open up mining projects in the Galilee Basin.
The new Hancock Rail Corridor has been approved as infrastructure of significance.
The infrastructure will consist of a 495 kilometre standard gauge rail line from Hancock Coal’s Alpha mine to the Abbot Point coal terminal.
There are a number of major coal projects underway in the basin, including Clive Palmer’s coal projects.
Tor McCaul of Comet Ridge, which has coal seam gas projects in the basin, said one of the major problems miners in the Galilee Basin face is a lack of roads, as “the Galilee is a new frontier in Australian mining.”
The rail project still needs to carry out environmental impact statements and has to consult with landowners in the corridor.
The new infrastructure is expected to create hundreds of new jobs within the region.