The Courier-Mail

Green groups fire up for fresh Acland court fight

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le­gal av­enue open to them. It fol­lows the long de­lays and even­tual set­ting aside of the Adani mine ap­proval.

New Hope’s ex­ist­ing mine runs out of coal in 2017-18 and Queens­land Re­sources Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Roche said le­gal chal­lenges could make it dif­fi­cult for the ex­pan­sion to be ap­proved and de­vel­oped in time, mean­ing ex­ist­ing jobs were threat­ened. “The Land Court has been tak­ing about a year to make its de­ci­sion,’’ Mr Roche said.

“Re­ally, the com­pany needs to know by this time next year that it has an ap­proved pro­ject be­cause it runs out of coal in 2017-18 at the ex­ist­ing mine, which means no jobs for those hun­dreds of work­ers who are al­ready there.

“If they (ac­tivists) are de­ter­mined to block this they can use the Land Court pro­cesses to dis­rupt and de­lay and they will prob­a­bly do that.’’

Paul King, from the Dar­ling Downs En­vi­ron­ment Coun­cil, said the green groups would take ac­tion.

“Yes (we will take ac­tion) if there are grounds. That (process) has been pro­vided to us un­der our le­gal sys­tem,’’ Mr King said.

Lead­ing the chal­lenge will be gra­zier and head of the Oakey Coal Ac­tion Al­liance Frank Ash­man, whose prop­erty, 8km from the ex­ist­ing mine, stands to be­come worth­less if the mine ex­pan­sion goes ahead.

“We are pre­pared to move up another (le­gal) step and, with the as­sis­tance of the En­vi­ron­men­tal De­fend­ers Of­fice (EDO), we will be ac­com­mo­dat­ing that chal­lenge,’’ Mr Ash­man said.

“It’s not go­ing to come cheap.’’

The EDO also had a role in the Adani chal­lenge when it rep­re­sented Land Ser­vices Coast and Coun­try.

EDO chief ex­ec­u­tive Jo Bragg said the re­sult of that case showed min­ing com­pa­nies did not al­ways get it right.

 ??  ?? BERRY GOOD: Ryan Black­well, 3, and Ava Hen­drik­sen, 4, pick straw­ber­ries at Cham­bers Flat. Pic­ture: Liam Kid­ston
BERRY GOOD: Ryan Black­well, 3, and Ava Hen­drik­sen, 4, pick straw­ber­ries at Cham­bers Flat. Pic­ture: Liam Kid­ston

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