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Lake Vermont Meadowbrook Project

Project description

Bowen Basin Coal Pty Ltd (the proponent) proposes to develop the Lake Vermont Meadowbrook Project (the proposed project) on behalf of the Lake Vermont Joint Venture, which comprises:

  • QCMM (Lake Vermont Holdings Pty Ltd) – 70%
  • Marubeni Coal Pty Ltd – 10%
  • CHR Vermont Pty Ltd - 10%
  • Coranar (Australia) Pty Ltd – 10%

The proposed project comprises approximately 8,235 hectares, covered by the northern portion of mineral development licence (MDL) 303 and southern portion of MDL 429, as well as involving the existing Lake Vermont Coal Mine on mining lease (ML) 70528, ML 70477 and ML 70331. The proposed project area would be located approximately 30 kilometres (km) northeast of Dysart and approximately 180 km southwest of Mackay within the Isaac Regional Council in Central Queensland.

The proposed project would enable the metallurgical and pulverised coal injection production from the existing Lake Vermont Coal Mine to be maintained at the currently approved levels of up to 12 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of run of mine (ROM) coal (equivalent to approximately 9.5 Mtpa of product coal). The proposed project would mine up to 7 Mtpa of ROM coal to produce approximately 5.5 Mtpa of metallurgical product coal over approximately 20-25 years.

Product coal would be transported by rail to the ports at Abbot Point and Gladstone for shipping to international and domestic markets. Pending approvals, construction of surface and seam access infrastructure is scheduled to commence by the end of 2022, with first underground development coal to be mined by late 2024. Full underground mine production is scheduled for late 2026 with the commencement of longwall operations. The proposed project would employ approximately 200 people during construction and approximately 350-400 people during the underground mine operational phase. The proposed project represents a continuation of the existing Lake Vermont Coal Mine.

The key components of the proposed project include: an underground longwall (plus bord and pillar) coal mine; three open-cut coal pits; development of a supporting Mine Infrastructure Area (MIA); a new infrastructure corridor linking the MIA to existing Lake Vermont Coal Mine; construction of drifts and shafts to provide access to underground operations; and use of the existing Lake Vermont Coal Mine’s Coal Handling and Preparation Plant, tailings storage facility and water/power and rail infrastructure.

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

Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Queensland)

On 2 August 2019, the Department of Environment and Science (DES) approved an application for the proponent to voluntarily prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed project under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EP Act).

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Commonwealth)

On 23 July 2019, the Department of the Environment and Energy invited public comment on the referral (2019/8485). On 22 November 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: listed threatened species and communities (section 18 & section 18A); listed migratory species (section 20 & section 20A); and a water resource, in relation to coal seam gas development and large coal mining development (section 24D and 24E). The proposed 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 final 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, Bowen Basin Coal Pty Ltd has prepared and submitted a draft TOR for carrying out an EIS for the proposal to DES’s chief executive on 4 December 2019.

The draft TOR for the EIS will be available for public review and comment from 13 January 2020 to 5pm 24 February 2020. The department welcomes 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.

Please address written comments to:

The Chief Executive
Department of Environment and Science
Attention: The EIS Coordinator – Proposed Lake Vermont Meadowbrook Project
GPO Box 2454
BRISBANE QLD 4001

or by email to eis@des.qld.gov.au

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

The draft TOR may be viewed below under further information and/or in hard copy at:

Department of Environment and Science
Level 3, 400 George Street
BRISBANE QLD 4000

The public notice, the draft TOR and a description of the proposed project can be viewed electronically at public libraries including Mackay Regional Council libraries, Emerald Library, Moranbah Public Library and Dysart Public Library.

Further information

Publicly available documents can be obtained by accessing the links below or by contacting Mr Mike Rowlands on 07 3877 6700 or emailing mrowlands@jellinbah.com.au

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 Eis@des.qld.gov.au

Privacy Statement

The department 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 the department. 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 the department to any other parties unless authorised or required by law.