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Baralaba South project

Proposed Baralaba South Project

Mount Ramsay Coal Company Pty Limited (the proponent), a wholly owned subsidiary of Wonbindi Coal Pty Ltd proposes to develop a greenfield, multi-seam, open-cut coal mine which would involve the extraction of up to 5 million tonnes per year (Mt/yr) of run-of-mine (ROM) coal to produce product coal for export to international markets over a mine life of approximately 19 years. The relevant mining tenures over the proposed project area are:

  • exploration permit for coal 1047
  • mineral development licence 352
  • mining lease application (MLA) 700057.

The MLA 700057 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 the Banana Shire Council local government area in Central Queensland.

The proposed project would consist of:

  • a greenfield open-cut coal mine to be developed on MLA 700057, including:
    • in-pit and out-of-pit overburden and reject dumps from coal processing
    • a Coal Handling Preparation Plant
    • ROM coal and product coal stockpiles
    • top soil stockpiles, laydown areas and borrow areas
    • haul roads and internal roads
    • water management infrastructure, including two mine water dams, eight sediment dams and seven clean water dams
    • a flood protection levee around the boundary of MLA 700057 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 mining infrastructure, plant, equipment and activities
    • exploration activities
  • a realignment of approximately 4.5km of the Moura-Baralaba Road to the east and outside of MLA 700057
  • the production of up to 4 Mt/yr of pulverised coal injection coal product for the export market over approximately a 19 year project life
  • temporary fine coal tailings storage and drying, prior to disposal in-pit, or within overburden dumps
  • a new power line and associated upgrades to Powerlink’s Baralaba Substation
  • an external supply of water to the mine during extended dry periods from the Dawson Valley Scheme; groundwater bores or; the Benleith Water Scheme
  • product coal road transport 40km by trucks via the existing Baralaba North Mine haul route to Wonbindi Coal Pty Ltd’s 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 275 construction employees during a 12–24 month construction period and approximately 600 operational employees at peak production. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) would be used to scope the accommodation requirements for the proposed project.

Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Queensland)

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.

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Commonwealth)

On 18 October 2012, the former Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, now the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment, 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 Terms of Reference (TOR) for the EIS was issued to the proponent on 21 July 2017.

On 20 January 2020, the proponent submitted an EIS to the department. On 18 February 2020, the department agreed to the proponent’s request for an extension to the department’s EIS decision period until 16 December 2020. This extension should allow the proponent sufficient time to amend the submitted EIS to ensure the EIS adequately addresses the requirements of the final TOR. Following a decision by the department on the suitability of the submitted EIS, the EIS will be made available for public review and written submissions.

Further information

Publicly available documents can be obtained by accessing the links below or by contacting Mount Ramsay Coal Company Pty Limited on 07 3088 4670 or emailing baralabasouth@baralabacoal.com.au.

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–Baralaba South Project on 13QGOV (137468) or email eis@des.qld.gov.au.