Isaac Downs Project

Project description

STANMORE IP SOUTH PTY LTD (IP South), a wholly owned subsidiary of STANMORE COAL LIMITED (Stanmore) proposes to develop the Isaac Downs Project in the Bowen Basin coal field, located approximately 145 kilometres south-west of Mackay and 10 kilometres south-east of Moranbah, Queensland. The proposed project is within an area of approximately 2,366 hectares, covered by EPC 755, EPC 728, MDL 137, EPC 548. Mining lease applications have been made for the project. A portion of the mine pit would be located on the floodplain of the Isaac River, within the Fitzroy River basin. A levee will be progressively constructed during operations to protect the open cut mining operations from flood inundation.

IP South propose to develop an open cut metallurgical (steel making) coal mine and associated infrastructure to mine an approximate total of 35 million tonnes of coal over 16 years. IP South will, subject to agreement with STANMORE IP COAL PTY LTD (a separate subsidiary of Stanmore), utilise existing approved infrastructure at the adjacent Isaac Plains Mine for coal processing, rejects management, coal railing, power supply and water supply and management. The existing Isaac Plains Mine is located to the north of the proposed Isaac Downs Project, across the Peak Downs Highway.

Construction of the mine is proposed to commence in early 2021, with mining operations commencing mid-2021. Approximately 250 people will be employed during the construction phase, and approximately 300 people will be employed during the operations phase. The equipment being used for mining activities at Isaac Plains Mine and a similar workforce is planned to be transitioned to the proposed Isaac Downs Project.

An initial advice statement providing more detail of the project and its potential environmental impacts is accessible through the link at the bottom of this page.

Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Queensland)

On 5 April 2019, the Department of Environment and Science (DES) approved an application for the proponent to voluntarily prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EP Act).

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Commonwealth)

On 14 May 2019, the Department of the Environment and Energy determined the proposed project to be a controlled action (EPBC 2019/8413) under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The controlling provisions are sections 18 and 18A (listed threatened species and communities), and 24D and 24E (water resources in relation to a large coal mining development). The project will be assessed under the Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth and the State of Queensland using the EIS prepared under the EP Act.

Public notification of draft terms of reference (TOR)

The process for the assessment of this 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

In accordance with Section 41 of the EP Act, the proponent has prepared and submitted a draft terms of reference (TOR) for carrying out an EIS for the proposal to DES’s chief executive.

The draft TOR for the EIS will be available for public review and comment from 1 July 2019 to 9 August 2019.

The department’s chief executive invites written comments from any person in relation to the draft TOR within that period. A template, in which comments on the draft TOR can be made, is available here (DOCX, 284KB) .

Please address written comments to:

The Chief Executive
Department of Environment and Science
Attention: The EIS Coordinator (Isaac Downs Project)
GPO Box 2454

or in person at Level 3, 400 George Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

or by email to

Please note that it is a statutory requirement that all submitted comments will be forwarded to the proponent for consideration and their provision of a response to DES.

A draft TOR may be viewed at:

  • Department of Environment and Science
    Floor 3, 400 George Street
  • Dudley Denny City Library (Mackay Regional Council Library)
    134 Victoria Street
    MACKAY QLD 4740
  • Moranbah Library
    Grosvenor Complex Batchelor Parade, Town Square

Further information

Publicly available documents can be obtained by accessing the links below or by contacting the proponent STANMORE IP SOUTH PTY LTD on 07 32381000 or emailing

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 (13 74 68) or email

Privacy Statement

DES is collecting the information provided in comments on the draft TOR for consideration in the EIS process. All comments (including names and addresses) will be provided to the proponent as required under section 44 of the EP Act, so that they may consider them and provide a response to DES. This consultation is a public process, and any comments you provide may be published (including online) and may be transmitted outside of Australia. You may wish to bear this in mind when providing your comments. Your information will not be disclosed by DES to any other parties unless authorised or required by law.