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Alpha Coal Project - Galilee Basin


Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Jeff Seeney



Alpha Coal Project given go-ahead
The Newman Government has given the green light to what will be one of Australia’s biggest mines, the $6.4 billion Alpha Coal Project in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.

Queensland’s Coordinator-General has provided conditional approval for the mine – the first in the untapped coal rich Galilee Basin.

Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney welcomed the decision and said the project would produce significant economic benefits for the state and nation.

“There’ll be an estimated $11 billion boost to the economy during the mine’s three year construction phase. 80 per cent of that will be retained in Queensland,” Mr Seeney said.

“Once operational, Queensland’s economy should see an economic boost of $1 billion per year from this mine alone.

“Australia can expect an $80 billion dollar rise in exports over the life of the mine.”

Mr Seeney said the Coordinator-General had approved the mine with strict conditions and the move was a major step towards opening up the Galilee Basin’s coal deposits.

“The proposal is for a 30 million tonnes per year open-cut coal mine and a 495km railway line from the mine to the Port of Abbot Point near Bowen,” he said.

The project is expected to generate up to 3600 construction jobs and 990 operational jobs.

The mine site is 130km south-west of Clermont and about 360km south-west of Mackay. The expected life of the mine is 30 years, with sufficient resources to potentially extend the project life beyond that time.

Despite the Coordinator-General completing Queensland’s assessment, the Federal Minister for Environment is yet to complete his assessment under Commonwealth environmental legislation.

“The Coordinator-General has thoroughly assessed Hancock Coal’s Environmental Impact Statement and associated materials, including 60 public submissions, and its Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS),” Mr Seeney said.

Coordinator-General Barry Broe said his 393 page report contains 128 conditions.

“Conditions and recommendations in my report will ensure that impacts are well mitigated and managed through environmental management plans, environmental licences, development permits and a social impact management plan,” Mr Broe said.

The mine plan comprises six separate open-cut pits, with a total strike length of 24 km in a north-south direction.

Hancock Coal anticipates the construction period to occur between 2013 and 2016, subject to relevant approvals being granted for the project.

The Coordinator-General’s Report can be viewed at www.projects.industry.qld.gov.au 
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Proserpine and Bowen cyclone shelters

Construction to commence on Proserpine and Bowen cyclone shelters next week

Construction on the category five cyclone shelters in Proserpine and Bowen will begin next week, Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business and Member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt announced during a visit to the Proserpine cyclone shelter site today.
Ms Jarratt said locals could expect heavy machinery on site mid next week in both Proserpine and Bowen, with work to begin shortly after.
Premier Anna Bligh said these two shelters were among 10 being constructed in North Queensland as part of the $60 million cyclone shelter program jointly established by the Bligh Government and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
“The start of construction on these projects represents another huge step forward for our $60 million cyclone shelter program,” the Premier said.
“This government is getting on with the job of building these cyclone shelters for the people of North Queensland – the local community can expect to see these shelters complete by the end of November, weather permitting.”
Ms Jarratt said Paynter Dixon Queensland Pty Ltd won the tender to construct both the $5.8 million Proserpine shelter and the $5.6 million shelter at Bowen State High School.
“These cyclone shelters are extremely important to the people of Proserpine and Bowen,” Ms Jarratt said.
“Not only will these facilities provide safe and secure shelters for the local community in the event of a category five cyclone, but they will also act as a multi-purpose sports facility for year-round use by the locals.
“In addition, it’s an extremely welcome boost for the local construction industry.
“The Proserpine cyclone shelter will support approximately 39 jobs over the life of the project, while around 38 jobs will be created in Bowen.
“By using a select tender process we deliberately targeted local contractors, in turn maximising the opportunities for flow-on benefits to local suppliers, sub-contractors and the local community.
“Having offices in both Mackay and Townsville, Paynter Dixon is very familiar with the local sub-contractors and suppliers in Proserpine and Bowen.
“Through this project they have been able to stimulate the local construction industry and make of use of local resources.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be here today to signal the start of construction on these two cyclone shelters, which will have such wide-reaching benefits,” she said.
Minister for Government Services, Building Industry and ICT Simon Finn said the new buildings would be big enough to include multipurpose halls for sports such as netball and basketball.
“Each facility will be greater than 1,500m2 in size, and will include a multipurpose hall for sports such as netball and basketball,” he said.
“A sports lab classroom is also included as part of the structure for year-round use by the school – this classroom can also be used for refuge during a disaster, similar to the sports hall area,” he said.
“There will also be office space built into the facilities, with the key purpose of providing communication facilities in the case of a cyclone – however throughout the year, it will provide office accommodation and staff amenities for teaching personnel.
“The buildings will have 10 toilets and five showers, and two water tanks in the roof which are gravity fed to the toilets and showers during a cyclone.
“They will also contain a kitchen, a generator room and a storage room for chairs that would be used during a disaster.
“In the case of a cyclone, the town power supply may cease, in which case a generator will be activated – if the generator fails, emergency batteries stored in the cyclone shelter will commence operation,” Mr Finn said.
Ms Jarratt said the shelters would ultimately make the Proserpine and Bowen communities more resilient.
“These cyclone shelters will be constructed in accordance with the Design Guidelines for Queensland Public Cyclone Shelters and will be capable or withstanding winds of more than 300 kilometres per hour, as experienced in a category five cyclone,” she said.
The Department of Public Works (DPW) is managing the delivery of the Proserpine and Bowen cyclone shelters, as well as the shelters in Ingham, Townsville, Port Douglas, Tully, Weipa and Yeppoon.
The cyclone shelter in Mackay is being managed by the Department of Education and Training as part of the delivery of a new Eimeo State High School. The Edmonton cyclone shelter is being designed and delivered independently by the Cairns Regional Council through a grant funding arrangement with the State Government.
“In total, the cyclone shelter projects are expected to support 400 jobs over the life of the program,” Ms Jarratt said.

Source : www.cabinet.qld.gov.au
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DAM AND PIPELINE PROPOSALS FOR GALILEE BASIN

DAM AND PIPELINE PROPOSALS FOR GALILEE BASIN

The Queensland government is looking at private sector proposals for the $4 billion development of a new wharf at Abbot Point and dam in central Queensland.
The government said the projects were an important part of the development of the coal rich Galilee Basin in western Queensland.
One of the major constraints to activity in the basin is its lack of water, which the Government hopes will be solved by the $2.6bn Connors River Dam and pipelines proposal
The development will include a 49,500 megalitre dam and two pipelines.
The first pipeline will run 133km from the dam to Moranbah and the second will run 265km from Moranbah to Alpha.
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said in a statement the projects would deliver water to the Bowen and Galilee coal basins as well as the Nebo, Moranbah and Alpha townships.
“This massive project will underpin the water supply needs for the development of this resource industry corridor and the towns that support it,” she said.
Abbot Point has been designated as the main coal port for the Galilee Basin, and there are at least two proposals for railways from Galilee to the port.
It is also being upgraded to cope with extra coalmines in the Bowen Basin.
Under the Bligh Government’s privatisation scheme Abbot Point was sold earlier this year for $1.8bn to Indian company Adani, which also owns coal tenements in the Galilee Basin.
A report examining funding models and options for both projects is expected to be completed by the end of this year, with the Government possibly in a position to approach the market in early 2012.


Source : www.miningaustralia.com.au
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