Annastacia Palaszczuk has run out of excuses not to grant long-awaited project approvals and save 150 jobs at a Queensland mine, LNP Shadow Minister for Mines Dale Last said today.
The prospect of expansion at Oakey’s New Acland coal mine was given a boost yesterday when a Queensland court threw out an appeal opposing the Stage 3 development.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk is the weakest Premier in Queensland’s history because she won’t stand up for jobs,” Mr Last said.
“There are no more excuses – it’s time for the Palaszczuk Labor Government to approve Stage 3 of the New Acland mine.
“There are 150 direct jobs on the line and the wider economic impact of the redundancies will cause hundreds more non-mining jobs to be lost across the local economy.
“The coal from New Acland supplies many local manufacturing businesses and their future is now in jeopardy because Annastacia Palaszczuk won’t stand up for jobs.”
New Acland Coal Mine’s application to expand the mine (Stage 3) was approved by the Co-ordinator General in 2014.
The Environmental Authority (EA) was approved in March this year, but the Palaszczuk Labor Government has yet to grant the final Mining Lease Applications (MLAs) and Associated Water Licence (AWL).
“Labor’s refusal to grant the final approvals shows again Labor is anti-resources, anti-regions and anti-jobs,” Mr Last said.
“The local community is on the brink of an economic disaster and Annastacia Palaszczuk must stop playing politics and keep this mine open.
“The redundancy process is already underway – Annastacia Palaszczuk must approve this mine immediately.”