Baralaba South project

Proposed Baralaba South Project

Wonbindi Coal Pty Limited proposes to develop a greenfield, multi-seam, open-cut coal mine which would involve the extraction of up to 6 million tonnes per year (Mt/yr) of run-of-mine (ROM) coal to produce product coal for export to international markets over a life of 23–40 years. The relevant mining tenures over the project area are:

  • exploration permit for coal 1047
  • mineral development licence 352
  • mining lease application (MLA) 80193.

The MLA 80193 covers approximately 2,214 hectares. The proposed project would be located approximately 115 kilometres (km) south west of Rockhampton and 8km south of Baralaba in Central Queensland.

The proposed project would be operated in conjunction with the existing, approved Baralaba North Mine as part of a mining complex. A product rate between the two operations would be approximately 3.5 Mt/yr, as per the separate approvals in place for the Baralaba mine haul route and train load-out facility, and would consist of:

  • a greenfield open-cut coal mine to be developed on MLA 80193, including:
    • in-pit and out-of-pit overburden and reject dumps from coal processing
    • Coal Handling Preparation Plant (CHPP)
    • ROM coal and product coal stockpiles
    • top soil stockpiles, laydown areas and borrow areas
    • haul roads and internal roads
    • water management infrastructure
    • flood protection levees around the south western boundary of MLA 80193 within the floodplain of the Dawson River
    • a sewage treatment plant
    • a mining industrial area, including workshops, administration buildings, fuel and chemical storage facilities, warehouse and hardstand areas
    • other associated minor infrastructure, plant, equipment and activities
    • exploration activities
  • realignment of approximately 6km of Theodore-Baralaba Road to the east of MLA 80193
  • production of up to 3.5 Mt/yr of pulverised coal injection and thermal coal product for the export market over a 23–40 year project life
  • dry ROM coal screening by a mobile screening plant ROM until coal washing and processing commences at a new CHPP to be located on MLA 80193 (depending on optimisation of coal processing with the Baralaba North Mine)
  • temporary fine coal tailings storage and drying, prior to disposal in-pit, or within overburden dumps
  • product coal road transport 40km by trucks via the existing Baralaba mine haul route to the existing train load-out facility located approximately 2km east of Moura
  • product coal rail transport by train to the Port of Gladstone for export to international markets.

The proposed project would employ up to 150 construction employees during a 6–12 month construction period and approximately 400 operational employees. The EIS would be used to scope the accommodation requirements for the proposed project.

Queensland environmental impact statement (EIS) process

Environmental Protection Act 1994

On 10 August 2011, the proponent applied under sections 70 and 71 of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EP Act) for approval to voluntarily prepare an EIS. On 16 August 2011, the department approved the application under section 72 of the EP Act.

Commonwealth assessment process

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

On 18 October 2012, the former Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, now Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy determined the proposed project to be a controlled action under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

The controlling provisions are sections 18 and 18A (listed threatened species and communities), sections 20 and 20A (listed migratory species) and sections 24D and 24E (a water resource, in relation to coal seam gas development and large coal mining development).

The potential impacts of the proposed project on the controlling provisions will be assessed under the bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth and the State of Queensland (section 45 of the EPBC Act) using the EIS prepared under the EP Act.

Public notification of final terms of reference (TOR)

The process for the assessment of the proposed project is as follows:

  1. Submission of draft TOR
  2. Public notification of draft TOR
  3. Final TOR issued—EIS in preparation
  4. Public notification of EIS
  5. Proponent responds to submissions
  6. EIS assessment report

The final TOR for the EIS was issued to the proponent on 21 July 2017.

The proponent is required to submit an EIS to the department by 19 January 2020. Following a decision by the department on the suitability of the submitted EIS the EIS will be available for public review and written submissions.

Further information

Publicly available documents can be obtained by accessing the links below or by contacting the proponent, Wonbindi Coal Pty Limited, on 07 3221 8492 or emailing

Current documents
Superseded documents

When the EIS is released, public submissions will be invited. For further information about the EIS process for this proposal, contact the EIS Coordinator on 13QGOV (137468) or email