MP: ‘Stage three of New Acland can still go ahead’
WARREGO MP Ann Leahy has urged the Queensland government to push forward with the third stage of the New Acland Coal Mine, in light of a landmark court ruling last week.
New Hope Group has been seeking approvals to expand New Acland Mine for more than thirteen years and has won a number of court cases.
The latest decision by the High Court last week has had no bearing on the Palaszczuk Labor Government's ability to provide certainty and grant critical approvals to the New Acland coal mine, according to the MP.
"This High Court decision should not be used as another excuse by the Palaszczuk Labor Government to delay the necessary approvals for the New Acland mine," Ms Leahy said.
"With the State Labor Government talking up job creation in regional Queensland, the New Acland Stage 3 shovel-ready project with the potential to produce 187 new jobs within the first six months should be a priority," Ms Leahy said.
"Yet again, Labor are the only ones standing in the way of securing much-needed regional jobs," Ms Leahy.
"It's not just jobs in Oakey and the Darling Downs that are impacted by the Labor Government's ridiculous delay tactics - those in the South West are also at risk." Ms Leahy said.
"The New Acland coal mine provides significant revenue to Queensland Rail through its use of the Western Queensland railway line," Ms Leahy said.
"Cattle and grain producers who use the line from Brisbane to Quilpie face bearing additional costs without the New Acland coal mine continuing, placing jobs in the Agricultural Industry across the region at risk," Ms Leahy said.