Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Hard Decision on Acland

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Hard Decision on Acland

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Byline: Tom Gillespie tom.gillespie@thechronicle.com.au

THE State Government's decision on the future of the New Acland Coal Mine will not be made lightly, according to State Development Minister Anthony Lynham.

Mine owner New Hope will be hoping their impending Queensland Land Court case goes the same way as their mine in Maryborough.

The Land Court recommended the mine, located outside Maryborough, be approved but said New Hope would have to adhere to stricter noise level conditions.

Land Court member William Isdale ruled the mine would not have an impact on the nearby Mary River.

Dr Lynham said it would take up to eight weeks to come to his decision when the court hands down its findings in January for the New Acland Coal Mine.

"It will take me about six to eight weeks to go through the Land Court determination. I look at all these things carefully," he said.

"With the Adani Coal Mine, I looked through every page over a matter of weeks. …

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