New $6.7 billion coal mine proposed for the Galilee Basin

An Environmental Impact Statement has been submitted for a new $6.7 billion coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.

The China Stone Coal project is being proposed by MacMines Austasia, part of the Meijin Energy Group.

The company wants to build a large-scale greenfield coal mine with a yield of up to 38 million tonnes per annum of thermal coal.

The EIS said the project would create 3900 jobs and contribute $5.9 billion in government royalties over its 50-year lifespan.

Coal will be mined using both open-cut and underground mining methods. Open-cut mining will involve multiple draglines and truck and shovel pre-striping. Underground mining will see up to three operating longwalls in two underground mining areas.

The project includes the construction and operation of an on-site power station, a private airstrip, as well a workforce accommodation village consisting of 3050 rooms.

Queensland Minister for Mining and Natural Resources, Anthony Lynham, said the project would equate to much-needed jobs.

"The Palaszczuk Government supports he sustainable development of the Galilee Basin, because… Queenslanders need these jobs," Lynham said.

"It's a sign of confidence in the Queensland economy that the proponents are moving ahead with this project.

"We understand this is a very early stage of the project's development.”

However Federal MP Bob Katter said the FIFO mine meant people living in regional towns would miss out on work.

"It will almost certainly fly people in from the big cities that don't need the jobs – the Brisbanes and Townsvilles and bypass the Dysarts, Moranbahs and Charters Towers," he told AAP.

"There are over 1000 empty houses between Dysart and Charters Towers."

The use of wholly FIFO workforces has been a contentious issue in QLD, with the new Labor government vowing to stamp out the practice.

 The China Stone Coal EIS is on public exhibition until September 7, 2015.

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