In SE Queensland new and expanding coal mines threaten the health of local communities, important water resources, world renowned natural areas, and some of the state's most important farmland.
The legal case against the Acland Stage 3 coal mine expansion on the Darling Downs was one of the largest environmental cases in Australian history.
The 2017 court ruling to reject this expansion was the first time that this Court has ever recommended outright rejection of a mining project after a contested hearing. This follows the courts recommendations of approval for over 290 mining proposals in the previous decade.
A summary of the direct findings of the Land Court can be found here. Despite this ruling the long community struggle to stop Acland expansion is still not over....
On Queensland's picturesque Fraser Coast, the Colton coal mine proposal near Maryborough, threatens the World Heritage values of the region and well as the 4000 jobs that relied on those values being maintained and protected.
In addition, there are serious concerns over the planned handling of wastewater from the proposed mine and the potential adverse impacts on the Mary River estuary associated wetlands and endangered migratory shorebirds.