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New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 Project

Project overview*

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
Investment $896 million
Key features
  • development of parts of the Manning Vale and Willeroo resource areas
  • upgrades to existing coal handling and preparation plant and supporting infrastructure
  • relocation of the Jondaryan rail load-out facility approximately eight kilometres away from the town and creation of a rail spur
  • roadworks, water management structures, and relocation and potential upgrade of power supply.
Jobs
  • 260 (construction peak)
  • 435 (operational peak)

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Project revised

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

Date Activity
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 (PDF icon 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 (PDF icon 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 (PDF icon 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. More information
18 May 2007 Gazettal of 'coordinated project' declaration (PDF icon 176 KB)
24 April 2007 Application, including initial advice statement (PDF icon 483 KB), submitted.
23 April 2007 Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.

Read more about the EIS process.

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.

EIS process

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

  1. 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
    • Order free copies on DVD or purchase printed copies by telephoning freecall 1800 882 142 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or
    • 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.
      If you have special communication needs, telephone the EIS project manager on +61 7 3452 7433 to make alternative submission arrangements.
  2. 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 (WORD icon 231 KB).
  3. Send your submission to one of the following:
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    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 (WORD icon 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.

Media releases

Last updated on Friday, 29 August 2014