Proposed Walton Coal Project

Project overview

Current stage


  • Development of a greenfield open cut coal mine and associated project infrastructure, extracting between 1.9-2.2 million tonnes per year of metallurgical coal
  • open cut coal mine
  • conventional truck and shovel methods
  • conventional coal handling and preparation plant and conveyor systems
  • haul road and ancillary access tracks
  • dedicated rail spur and loop for the Train Load Out to enable coal transport to Gladstone for export via the RG Tanna Coal Terminal or alternatively Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal
  • water supply pipeline from Jellinbah Coal Mine
  • support infrastructure including accommodation camp


  • Walton Coal Pty Ltd


  • Approximately 170 kilometres (km) west of Rockhampton and approximately 100km east of Emerald in Central Queensland

Local government/s

  • Central Highlands Regional Council


  • Approximately 8 years


  • 100 (construction)
  • 223 (operational)

Commonwealth Approval needed

  • Yes (controlled action EPBC 2017/8077) single EIS assessment process for Queensland and the Commonwealth.

Environmental impact statement (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. Project assessment report

Notice and documents

For further information about the EIS process for this proposal, contact the EIS Coordinator – Walton Coal Project, on 13QGOV (13 74 68) or email