New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 Project
|EIS status||EIS active|
|Description||Expansion of the existing New Acland open-cut coal mine to up to 7.5 Mtpa.|
|Proponent||New Acland Coal Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of New Hope Corporation Limited|
|Location/s||35 km north-west of Toowoomba. Map|
|Local government/s||Toowoomba Regional Council|
* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.
The original terms of reference (TOR) for the project's EIS were finalised in October 2007 and New Acland Coal submitted the original EIS to the Coordinator-General in November 2009.
However, in response to concerns raised in March 2012 by the incoming Queensland Government about the project's potential impacts, the proponent revised the project, including reducing its scope.
New Acland Coal also proposed to move the existing Jondaryan rail coal load-out facility onto the mine site. An eight-kilometre rail spur would connect the facility to the existing rail line.
Due to the revisions, the Coordinator-General's environmental impact assessment of the project recommenced. New TOR for an EIS were finalised in March 2013, following public consultation.
On 9 November 2012 the then Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities confirmed it had accepted the revised project proposal.
Environmental impact statement (EIS) process
|1 September 2014||Additional information to EIS and EIS released for public and advisory agency review and submission.|
|18 January 2014 to
3 March 2014
|New draft EIS public consultation|
|22 March 2013||New terms of reference for EIS ( 447 KB) released
|1 December 2012 to
4 February 2013
|New draft terms of reference for EIS public consultation.|
|14 November 2012||Confirmation by state government that, due to revisions to the project, including reductions to its scope, the EIS process would restart at the draft terms of reference for EIS stage.
Read the revised project overview ( 2.14 MB)
|9 November 2012||Revisions to project proposal accepted by Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.|
|14 November 2009 to
3 February 2010
|Original EIS public consultation|
|24 October 2007||Original terms of reference for EIS ( 575 KB) released.|
|21 July 2007 to
20 August 2007
|Original draft terms of reference for EIS public consultation.|
|24 May 2007||Project deemed a 'controlled action' by Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.|
|18 May 2007||Gazettal of 'coordinated project' declaration ( 176 KB)|
|24 April 2007||Application, including initial advice statement ( 483 KB), submitted.|
|23 April 2007||Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.|
Have your say
Queensland’s Coordinator-General invites you to have your say on the proposed $896 million New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 project.
New Acland Coal Pty Ltd (NAC), a subsidiary of New Hope Corporation Limited, proposes to expand operations at its existing New Acland Coal Mine, 35 kilometres north-west of Toowoomba. The mine’s yield would increase to up to 7.5 million Mtpa.
The project’s key features are:
- development of parts of the Manning Vale and Willeroo resource areas
- upgrades to the existing coal handling and preparation plant and supporting infrastructure
- relocation of the Jondaryan coal load-out facility and creation of an approximately eight-kilometre rail spur
- roadworks, water management structures and relocation and potential upgrade of power supply.
The project would generate up to 260 construction jobs and approximately 435 operational jobs at peak.
In May 2007 the Coordinator-General declared the project a ‘coordinated project’ under section 26 of the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (Qld).
The Commonwealth Minister for the Environment has determined that the project (EPBC 2007/3423) is likely to have a significant impact upon matters of national environmental significance, and will require approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth) (EPBC Act) before it can proceed.
The relevant matters of national environmental significance under Part 3 of the EPBC Act are listed threatened species and communities (sections 18 and 18A) and water resources (sections 24D and 24E).
The Minister will rely on the outcomes of the Coordinator-General’s impact assessment process, including any public submissions, in making a decision. In January 2014, NAC produced an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project.
The proponent has produced additional information to the EIS which responds to key issues raised in submissions received on the 2014 EIS and provides updated information on the project. The Coordinator-General invites your comment on the project.
Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 29 September 2014.
How to make a submission
- Read the EIS and the additional information to the EIS
- View the EIS and the additional information online at www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/newacland-eis-and-aeis
- view a printed EIS and the additional information between 1 September 2014 and 29 September 2014 at the following locations:
- Toowoomba Regional Council libraries:
- 618 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba
- 60 Campbell Street, Oakey
- 89 Mocatta Street, Goombungee
- National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra
- New Hope Community Information Centre, Shop 90/88, Campbell Street, Oakey
- State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane.
- Toowoomba Regional Council libraries:
- Read the fact sheet on making a submission, then complete and sign the submission form. Both are available at the above locations, or online here ( 231 KB).
- Send your submission to one of the following:
Post: The Coordinator-General
c/- EIS project manager—New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 project
Coordinated Project Delivery
Office of the Coordinator-General
PO Box 15517
City East Qld 4002 Australia
Fax: +61 7 3452 7486
Privacy: We will provide the project proponent with a copy of your submission, including your name and address. For more information on privacy, refer to the submission form or fact sheet ( 231 KB).
Separate EIS for water pipeline
The construction of a water pipeline from the Wetalla Wastewater Reclamation Facility in Toowoomba to the mine (one component of the proposed project) was expedited by the proponent, in accordance with section 32(1)(b) of the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971.
This section of the Act allows proponents to prepare a separate environmental impact statement (EIS) that addresses the terms of reference relating to a particular component of a project.
The Coordinator-General recommended construction of the Wetalla Water Pipeline proceed, subject to conditions and recommendations.
The remainder of New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 is still being assessed.
- Public to have further say on New Acland Coal project (29 August 2014)
- Have your say on the New Acland Coal project (17 January 2014)
- New Acland project evaluation moves forward (26 March 2013)
- Proponent revises New Acland Expansion project (14 November 2012)