BHP Mitsubishi secures conditional approval for Red Hill Mining project in Central Queensland

9 June 2015 (Last Updated June 9th, 2015 18:30)

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance has secured conditional approval from the coordinator-general for its Red Hill Mining project north of Moranbah in central Queensland, Australia.

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance has secured conditional approval from the coordinator-general for its Red Hill Mining project north of Moranbah in central Queensland, Australia.

As part of the project, the mining company will construct a new underground coal mine, in addition to expanding the existing Broadmeadow and Goonyella-Riverside coal mines.

The project will now move into environmental and mining approval processes.

"This development will provide a valuable job boost in central Queensland regional communities and businesses, as well as the rest of the state."

Queensland state development and natural resources and mines minister Dr Anthony Lynham said: "This development will provide a valuable job boost in central Queensland regional communities and businesses, as well as the rest of the state.

"But it's also critical that development takes into account the economic and social impact of 100% FIFO on resource communities."

Under the workforce requirements of the coordinator-general, anyone must be able to apply for a job on the project.

Detailed and regular reporting should be provided with regard to workforce composition and operations.

Under the requirements, prior to project beginning, existing housing capacity audit needs to be performed.

Once the government reviews are completed, the coordinator-general will assess the conditions in a bid to make sure that those findings would be considered.

Lynham added: "The coordinator-general also found that BMA's EIS addressed the predicted outcomes, and he has set conditions to avoid, mitigate or offset these impacts, including groundwater, ecology, surface water, land impacts, traffic and transport, noise and air quality."

The next stage of the proposal involves environmental authorities, public consultation, and potentially land court hearings.