LNP approves Queensland mining projects

THE state government has approved two mining-related projects and advanced aims for new dam in central Queensland.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney today said the Coordinator-General had approved applications from mining companies to expand a north Queensland freight terminal and move a rail route used to transport coal through central Queensland.

Pacific National has won approval to expand its freight terminal at Stuart in south Townsville.

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliances (BMA) is also able to proceed with proposed changes to a rail route from its Caval Ridge Coal Mine near Moranbah to the Queensland coast.

The Coordinator-General has also released the environmental impact statement for the proposed Nathan Dam on the Dawson River, north of Taroom, in the state’s southeast.

Mr Seeney says the dam would unlock the potential of the Surat and Bowen basin regions in southern and central Queensland.

“The project could create 425 jobs during its construction,” he said in a statement.

Mr Seeney says the LNP is delivering on a promise to drive economic growth and focus the Coordinator-General’s office on major projects.

The Coordinator-General said the expansion of Pacific National’s freight terminal was compatible with existing and future development in the area.

The change in rail route for BMA’s Caval Ridge mine provides a more direct route and reduces noise impacts on housing, the statement from the state government said.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/lnp-approves-queensland-mining-projects/story-fn3dxity-1226324255138

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