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 located on mining lease application (MLA) 700046, MLA 700047 and MLA 700048, covering an area of approximately 2,366 hectares. 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 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) providing details 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 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 the EIS

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 49 of the EP Act, DES has decided that the EIS can be publicly notified.

The EIS can be viewed online at Electronic copies can be ordered by phoning the proponent on (07) 3238 1000 or emailing Persons with special needs may ask for assistance in accessing the material by phoning or emailing the proponent using the above contact details.

Written submissions on the EIS are invited from any person during the submission period, which starts on 9 March 2020 and ends at 5pm on 21 April 2020. Submissions should be either mailed to:

The Chief Executive
Department of Environment and Science
Attention: The EIS Coordinator (Isaac Downs Project)
GPO Box 2454
Level 9, 400 George Street
Brisbane Qld 4001

Or emailed to

A properly made submission is one that:

  • is written
  • is signed by or for each person (‘signatory’) who made the submission
  • states the name and address of each signatory
  • is made to the chief executive
  • is received on or before the last day of the submission period.

Section 14 of the Electronic Transactions Act (Queensland) 2001 states that the requirement for a signature will have been met for an electronic communication so long as the person is identified.

The department is collecting the information provided in submissions for consideration in the EIS process. All submissions (including names and addresses) will be provided to the proponent as required under section 56 of the EP Act, so that they may consider them and provide a response to the department.

This consultation is a public process, and any submission 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 submission. Your personal information will not be disclosed by the department to any other parties unless authorised or required by law.

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, emailing or online at

Current documents

Superseded documents

For further information about the EIS process for this proposal or to access to the EIS, contact the EIS Coordinator (Isaac Downs Project) on 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or email