The Courier-Mail

Ap­peal against $10b Al­pha pro­ject thrown out

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20 per cent stake. The ac­tivists have 28 days to ap­peal against the de­ci­sion.

Coast and Coun­try’s court loss was made more painful by the award­ing of costs – ex­pected to to­tal tens of thou­sands of dol­lars – against them.

Their 2014 fi­nan­cial re­turns showed a loss of about $1000 for the year on rev­enue of about $58,000.

The de­ci­sion re­moves at least one road­block for the pro­ject, which GVK says will em­ploy 5000 peo­ple dur­ing the three years of con­struc­tion.

There is still an av­enue for fur­ther de­lays if an en­vi­ron­men­tal group chooses to ap­peal against the grant­ing of a min­ing lease, which is the next step in ap­provals be­fore GVK seeks coal sale agree­ments and fi­nanc­ing.

The ac­tivists have a sep­a­rate case against the $7.5 bil­lion Adani megamine through a dif­fer­ent en­tity, Land Ser­vices Coast and Coun­try.

Al­pha land owner Bruce Cur­rie, who took the ini­tial Land Court ac­tion against GVK, said he would be bankrupted if the Al­pha mine went ahead be­cause of the ef­fect on ground­wa­ter.

“We are be­ing bom­barded by mines on all sides,” Mr Cur­rie said. “I’m ap­peal­ing to the Gov­ern­ment for jus­tice.

“If we lose our wa­ter, we lose our busi­ness.”

GVK spokesman Josh Euler said the de­ci­sion backed the com­pany’s en­vi­ron­men­tal work, which in­cludes make­good agree­ments for the wa­ter.

“We re­ally have in­vested tens of mil­lions of dol­lars on en­vi­ron­men­tal assess­ments in

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