Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Court Rules in Favour of GVK Hancock Alpha Mine

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Court Rules in Favour of GVK Hancock Alpha Mine

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Byline: Pamela Frost APN Newsdesk

THOUSANDS of Galilee Basin jobs were a step closer to being secured yesterday when a court ruled in favour of Gina Rinehart's GVK Hancock Alpha mine, giving the project a green light.

Environmental group Coast and Country lost its Brisbane Supreme Court battle calling for a review into the decision to approve the mine.

The group has also been ordered to pay the mining company's legal costs.

The Alpha Coal project is expected to create 5000 jobs during its three-year construction and more than 2000 long-term jobs.

It has not yet received a mining lease.

The state's Land Court previously found the mine should go ahead with strict conditions but Coast and Country took this to the higher court, arguing this decision was wrong.

One of the Land Court's findings was the mine would not increase global greenhouse gas emissions because coal would just get sourced elsewhere, regardless of whether the mine went ahead. …

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