Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Info Sessions Start on Acland

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Info Sessions Start on Acland

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INFORMATION sessions will start today as part of the revised New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 Project.

The sessions are part of the public notification period for the project's environmental impact statement.

New Hope's chief operating officer Bruce Denney said the sessions would be a great opportunity for the community to speak directly with the project team and to ask any specific project or EIS-related questions.

The New Acland Mine has played a key role in the Darling Downs region as a major employer and economic contributor since it began operations in 2002.

The company plans a major expansion taking the mine's effective life through to 2029.

It will continue existing operations at New Acland before the coal reserves within the mine's current lease area are depleted in 2017.

"The revised project will boost current employment from 300 local jobs to about 435, indirect jobs will also grow to about 3000, and around 260 jobs will be available during the construction phase," Mr Denney said. …

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