Aldershot and District Against Mining president Brian Linforth and secretary Sue Crickitt say the group is now prepared to stop fighting the mine if environmental conditions are agreed to.
Aldershot and District Against Mining president Brian Linforth and secretary Sue Crickitt say the group is now prepared to stop fighting the mine if environmental conditions are agreed to. Hayden Johnson

This week could shape the future of the Colton coal mine

UPDATE: Fraser Coast mayor Chris Loft has spoke of his desire to see the mine progress for the prosperity of the region.

"I would like the mine to go ahead but that's a state government issue," he said.

"We need our economy to be boosted and I'm all for the coal mine to go ahead."

Cr Loft acknowledged the current climate and coal pricing meant it was not the right time to start the mine.
 

EARLIER: A fight to stop Maryborough's Colton coalmine may end this week with the Aldershot and District Against Mining group backing down in its objection.

During the past six years the ADAM group has spent more than $100,000 in an bid to stop the mine.

With prostate cancer "running rampant" in his body, ADAM president Brian Linforth, 73, is hoping to enjoy what little life he has left.

Are you in support of the Colton coalmine?

This poll ended on 29 April 2016.

Current Results

Yes I believe it will have a positive impact on the economy

46%

No I think it is going to impact the environment too much

25%

I think it is okay as long as the conditions are met

25%

I'm not sure at this stage

3%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

After solemn legal advice was provided, the group is now prepared to stop fighting the mine if environmental conditions are agreed to.

Aldershot and District Against Mining president Brian Linforth and secretary Sue Crickitt say the group is now prepared to stop fighting the mine if environmental conditions are agreed to.
Aldershot and District Against Mining president Brian Linforth and secretary Sue Crickitt say the group is now prepared to stop fighting the mine if environmental conditions are agreed to. Hayden Johnson

"To our knowledge no mine has been ultimately totally rejected in Queensland," Mr Linforth said.

"They've been delayed, had conditions imposed on them, but the government's current attitude is to allow everything to eventually go through.

"Advice from our legal people is we are better to try to get these conditions imposed."

If the conditions are agreed to by the New Hope Group the Aldershot anti-mining group will stop action and cease to exist.

The ADAM group will hold an annual general meeting this Sunday where they will discuss the mine's approval with conditions.

The members will vote to put a series of environmental conditions to the New Hope Group at a meeting on May 10.

If the New Hope Group agrees to the conditions asked by the Aldershot anti-mining group, the matter will not go to the land court.

The conditions proposed by the ADAM group include a continuous monitoring of dust concentration and restricted noise and work movement at night.

A proposed condition about water will also see the New Hope Group required to choose how to dump used water.

The choice is between using mine waste water for irrigation or discharging water which has been processed by reverse osmosis to remove contaminants.

A spokeswoman for New Hope Group said the company was open to discussions.

"Land Court is the normal project assessment process and mediation to discuss particular issues is a common part of that process," she said.

"New Hope respects the court process and does not comment on specific issues before it outside the court and/or scheduled mediation discussions."

But the Colton Mine still needs to address biodiversity requirements including providing an offset for the land the mine will be developed on.

Mr Linforth said the group would continue fundraising in an effort to keep the fight going if that were required.

THE CONDITIONS

  •  Mine operators to continually monitor dust concentration
  •  Restricted noise and work movement at night
  •  Either use mine waste water for irrigation or discharge water processed by reverse osmosis to remove contaminants

 

What do you think about the mining conditions? Join the discussion and have your say below. 



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