Water from Colton Mine will “improve Mary River” says New Hope Coal

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The proposed open-cut Colton coal mine is facing a legal challenge in the Queensland Land Court in Brisbane.

Community group Aldershot and District Against Mining has objected to the mine based on dust and noise concerns as well as Colton’s proposal to discharge water into the Mary River.

But Colton lawyer Damien O’Brien told the court the proposed water discharge was not involved in the mining process and was “chemically benign”.

Mr O’Brien said the discharge could help offset water released from an upstream sewage treatment plant.
“It’s actually of a cleaner standard than the water in the Mary River,” Mr O’Brien said.

He said the water was runoff collected from the mine and stored in a different dam than any water used in the mining process.

Mr O’Brien said experts from Colton and ADAM agreed on noise and dust restrictions – except for the possibility of real-time noise monitoring.

The hearing is expected to finish later this week.


Henry Sapiecha


EARLIER: Controversial New Hope Coal project dragged into court

A PROPOSED Fraser  Coast coal mine will be the focal point of a Brisbane court hearing today.

The  Land Court this morning will start hearing arguments in the legal challenge against the proposed Colton open-cut coal mine near Maryborough.

Aldershot and District Against Mining Group will argue the New Hope Coal project could put the Great Sandy Strait at risk if it is allowed to go ahead with plans to discharge untreated waste water from the mine into the Mary River.

The group will argue drinking water could be tainted, there will be excess noise from the mine and  coal dust could also be a major issue for the residents of Aldershot.

The proposed mine is about 2km outside the village.


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I am in favour of development in the Fraser Coast Qld & also the coal mine proposal at Aldershot. I do not live there so the residents therein need to be aware of some consequences of coal mining in their town area.So perhaps this recent article on black dust would be of interest to Aldershot residents.

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5:43am | Black dust seeps through every crack of Peter’s house as three mines creep up on his home.

Let’s just see where this goes.
Development? YES. But at what price.We have 2 decide
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Poll reveals 60% of online readers support New Hope Colton mine project at Aldershot Qld

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IF THE New Hope Colton Mine near Aldershot goes ahead, it will have the support from Fraser Coast locals, according to our latest poll on the issue.

After the Chronicle posted a poll on www.frasercoastchronicle.com asking if readers thought an open cut mine should go ahead in Aldershot, 60% of voters said yes, with 39% saying no.

RELATED: Concerns raised about impact of Colton coal mine

Comments were left on the Chronicle’s website and Facebook page with the majority supporting the opening of the coal mine which would help boost local industry.

Sara Laycock said the Fraser Coast needed the economic injection that the coal could potentially provide.

“Yes there are negatives too, but I think the positives outweigh them.”

A number of readers commented on their excitement for the potential jobs created in the area if the mine opened.

Aldershot resident Ashie Weedz said “yes, yes, yes then at least my partner will be home instead of away working… We need this!”

Other readers strongly opposed the mine, saying it was only a short-term solution.

Macey Taylor showed concern about what would happen if or when the mine closed.

“Short term earnings and the company folds or moves on, then what?

“Look out west with their towns and they are much bigger than Aldershot – not in favour.”

Amy Cattermole said “nothing could be worse” than a coal mine opening.

“Would rather stay unemployed than ruin our beautiful planet anymore!”


Henry Sapiecha



Burrum Coal Discovery Festival

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July.

April 2013 will be the 150th anniversary of the discovery of coal in Howard/Torbanlea by the Miller Brothers.

We will be celebrating this anniversary on 20 & 21 July 2013 with:

  • Street Parade
  • Historical Displays and Demonstrations of oldtime skills
  • Historical Tours around town in horse & buggy
  • Businesses & volunteers dressed in period clothing
  • Descendants of the early families family reunions
  • Burying of Time Capsule
  • Combined Church Service
  • A glimpse of Coal Mining, then, now and in the future
  • Old time and modern sports events
  • Museum -Billy Tea & Damper
  • Vintage car, truck , tractor & machinery displays
  • Old Time Dinner dances.
  • Swap Meet

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We would love all clubs, associations, businesses, groups, churches and schools to get involved by decorating a float for the street parade and dressing in period costume.

Schools could teach the children the history of coal mining and the history of our area, have colouring competitions, projects etc. This would enable them to appreciate the significance of this historical event.

We encourage clubs and groups to host their own

(in theme) events and raise valuable funds for their group.

The Committee are open to ideas and assistance to make this festival a combined community event encompassing the entire Burrum District.

Please advise us by Wednesday 27th March 2013 if you will be entering a float in the parade or are interested in any of the above activities.  We need to know specifically what you will be doing as we may need to acquire the appropriate permit e.g. street parade numbers etc or if you have another attraction you would like to put on we would like to hear about it.

You can post your expression of interest to PO Box 23, Howard Qld 4659 or email to [email protected] for the attention of Anne Worsley.

We look forward to working with you for this historical event and hope to make the Festival a huge success for our area.  We would love this to become either an annual or bi-annual event.

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BLUE Energy and joint venture partner Beach Energy will start the exploration process for commercial quantities of gas in the Fraser Coast region after being granted two more exploration tenements in the Maryborough Basin.

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The new permits extend the group’s prospective area from around Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Burrum Heads towards Bundaberg centralizing in the old coal mining areas of Torbanlea & Howard

Blue Energy managing director John Phillips said the companies believed the Maryborough Basin was prospective for natural gas and the grant of the two permits would initiate the exploration process in search of commercial quantities of gas.

He said prior to any on-ground activity – seismic acquisition or drilling, the company would conduct the required environmental surveys and consult with relevant stakeholders who might be impacted by early exploration activities.

“The importance of confirming a commercial gas resource in the Maryborough Basin cannot be overstated,” Mr Phillips said.

“Significant gas discovered in this region could provide a viable alternate supply of energy for the Maryborough region and also supply natural gas for the south-east Queensland region, including Brisbane.

“This would then reduce the pressure on existing domestic gas supplies whilst also offering the potential to supply the export market.

“The economic input to the local economy could also be substantial.”

He said previous exploration had identified the gas potential of the basin with gas flows recorded from some of the early wells.

“Importantly, there are several different potential types of gas resources that may be confirmed by the exploration process undertaken by the joint venture,” Mr Phillips said.

“These different exploration plays include gas that may be reservoired in sandstones, or in shales or coals.”
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BILLIONAIRE Robert Millner’s coalminer, New Hope Corporation, up for sale with hopes of more than $5 billion, said while several third parties had been undertaking ”detailed due diligence” to acquire the company, there was yet no certainty of a deal.

Already this month media reports have highlighted a thinning number of buyers for New Hope, which is 60 per cent owned by listed conglomerate Washington H. Soul Pattinson, controlled by Mr Millner who is non-executive chairman of both companies.

Prospective Korean and Indian buyers have reportedly withdrawn, while China’s Yanzhou Coal is pursuing a $700 million merger with Gloucester Coal. Analysts are sceptical a deal will result.

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New Hope gave its first earnings guidance for 2011-12 yesterday, indicating net profit for the six months to January 31 would be in the range of $96 million to 101 million, down about 75 per cent from the $407 million in the previous corresponding period, when New Hope sold Arrow Energy for $326 million.

After stripping out non-recurring items, the forecast first-half profit this year will be about 18-25 per cent higher than in 2011, driven by a stronger operational result with production volumes up 31 per cent to 3.2 million tonnes.

Meanwhile, Gloucester Coal said yesterday merger discussions with Yanzhou Coal were progressing to schedule and it would update the market next week. Gloucester blamed a weak export market for its reported interim net loss of $37 million, down from a $23 million a year ago, despite big rises in production and sales volumes. Gloucester said the market would remain weak for the rest of the financial year, particularly in metallurgical coal. It forecast EBITDA (excluding merger transaction costs) for the full year of between $45 million and $55 million in 2011-12.

New Hope shares were unchanged at $5.72 while Gloucester fell 1¢ to $8.14.
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New Hope collieries hopeful that colton mine in Aldershot will go ahead

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NEW Hope Coal wound up its public relations offensive on the Fraser Coast recently with a series of meetings and a consultation with Wide Bay Federal Member Warren Truss to discuss issues surrounding the development of Colton coal mine.

New Hope Coal chief financial officer Shane Stephan remained upbeat about the prospect of getting the State Government to give the mine the go-ahead.

The Department of Resource and Environment is examining New Hope’s environmental management plan.

If satisfied with this report, DERM could be expected to usher the proposal through to the next phase of the approval process, as early as February next year.

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Even with the prospect of a federal mineral resource rent tax in the offing, Mr Stephan said the Colton mine, 8km from Maryborough, would still go ahead.

“We will be subject to the (tax) but it will not materially change our view of the Colton mine,” Mr Stephan said.

“It has coloured our overall view, but of this project – no.”

Mining giant New Hope remains confident that the first hard coking coal from the mine will be loaded onto railway wagons before the end of 2013.

Local environmentalists said that the mine would have a major impact on the health of local waterways.

It was revealed yesterday that the Colton mine operation will generate about 985M/l of annual discharge into the Mary River.

The quality of this discharge and the mine’s plans to control it, form a key part of the environmental management plan.

” . . . modelling showed discharge contains elements of concern before mixing with the Mary (River),” the environmental report states, in part.

New Hope paid $200 million to buy out owners of the Colton mine lease, Northern Energy.

Mr Stephan said that while DERM continued its deliberations, New Hope urged anybody who wished to know more about the project to phone 1800 266 296 for further details.

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Colton Coal Mining Job applications being accepted for the Fraser Coast says the local Fraser Coast Chronicle Newspaper.Great news for the local economy.

THE financial buy-in earlier this year by mining giant New Hope has set Maryborough's Colton Coal Mine project on track for a start as early as next year.

THE financial buy-in earlier this year by mining giant New Hope has set Maryborough’s Colton Coal Mine project on track for a start as early as next year.

Job applications are now being processed to help fill the 100 positions the mine will create and current mine workers already living on the Fraser Coast are at the head of the queue.

The long-awaited project has taken off since Ipswich-based coal company New Hope bought 59% of shares from Northern Energy Corporation (NEC) with a $238 million cash bid in February this year.

Acting chief executive officer of NEC, Shane Stephan, said the buy-in had provided the extra capital needed to get the project off the ground.

“The major change has been that the project has been reinvigorated now that New Hope has taken over,” Mr Stephan said.

“New Hope is very large and has the resources needed to get it going.”

Once it was up and running, the mine was set to inject about $20 million a year into the Maryborough economy in wages and local services.

“The key message is we are collecting resumes and the preference is for applications from appropriately qualified local people,” Mr Stephan said.

The site at Colton, north of Maryborough, covers just more than 1000 hectares and the company expected to mine about five million tonnes of coking coal in eight to 10 years.

“We are currently undertaking exploration drilling, and a follow-up environmental management plan is being lodged with the Department of Environment and Resource Management,” Mr Stephan said.

Following the plan’s approval, a public notification process would take place and the final paperwork would be completed to grant the mining lease.

“Once the lease is granted, which could be in the last quarter of 2012, we should be looking at starting work,” Mr Stephan said.

The coal would be sent by rail to Gladstone for export, initially through Barney Point and later through the Wiggins Island terminal.



  • The project will boost the Maryborough economy by about $20 million a year.
  • About 100 jobs will be created for local plant operators, truck driver, electricians, surveyors and more.
  • The mine at Colton will be built near the site of a historic mine that operated from the late 1800s to the 1990s.
  • About half-a-million tonnes of coking coal will be extracted every year, for an estimated 10 years.
  • The mine is expected to open late next year.

To register interest in a job at the mine, visit www.northernenergy.com.au/work_with_us

Sourced from the local Fraser Coast Chronicle newspaper