A train passes through coal silos at Alpha Coal West’s Belle Ayr mine in north-east Wyoming.THE final tick of approval for the Alpha Coal Port Project by the Federal Government has been “cautiously welcomed” by Member for Burdekin Rosemary Menkens.
“The LNP Government has been lobbying hard and strong for this, so naturally this so-called final tick of approval by the Federal Environment Minister is wonderful but it is cautiously welcomed, as the con- ditions have to be practical and achievable,” Mrs Menkens said.
“There are some concerns regarding the offset conditions imposed in relation to the approval particularly in relation to the eight-to-one seagrass offset scheme, which may be difficult to achieve.
“I understand the State Development Minister Jeff Seeney has sought further clarification from the federal minister as to how he sees this project proceeding under the 60 conditions he has set or if this is simply a Clayton’s approval.”
The joint GVK/Hancock Coal $10 billion project is part of the second stage of the Alpha Coal Project, which involves a thermal coal mine in the Galilee Basin, the development of a 495km rail line and port facilities at Abbot Point.
Mrs Menkens said delivering the Abbot Point Coal Terminal expansion is a high priority for the new LNP State Government.
“Labor has stalled these projects for long enough, while the Newman LNP Government is keen to get this state moving again,” she said.
“$11.1 million has been set aside for the Abbot Point State Development Area – Services Infrastructure to provide for establishment of significant developments to complement the existing deep-water port facilities at Abbot Point.
“The GVK/Hancock terminal project will create about 650 construction jobs and a forecasted 200 permanent jobs in the local area, which will strengthen our economy.
“The government, mining and associated business are all ready to steamroll ahead on these projects.
“This government wants to get Queensland moving again and there are other projects all sitting pending Federal Government approval. Hopefully these are forthcoming under realistic conditions.”
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