Western Queensland coalmine fight put on hold
THE fight against the development of a sprawling 37,000 hectare coal mine planned for western Queensland has been put on hold with landholders and activists set to come back in six weeks.
It is déjÀ vu for Indian energy and resources giant GVK, which battled objections to its equally enormous Alpha project in the Land Court of Queensland for months in late 2013.
In a directions hearing in Brisbane on Thursday, all sides were told to return for another hearing on July 17.
There are two separate groups in the fight.
Environmental advocate group Coast and Country is doing battle in an effort to stop pollution in its millions of tonnes being produced as a result of GVK's coal being used overseas.
Others including west Queensland property owner Janeice Anderson just want to be sure underground water supplies will be protected once mining begins.
Ms Anderson does not oppose the mine itself.
She and her family owns 60,000 acres of grazing land west of the Alpha township in the form of Eureka, Corntop and Oakleigh stations.
She and other landholders in the case want GVK to sign "make-good agreements" so if water supplies are ever lost because of the mine, they will be compensated.
"The reason we're challenging the project is that we're concerned about our groundwater security," she said.
"We're not asking them to be responsible for something they do not impact."
In early April, the Land Court found GVK's Alpha project only be approved if extra conditions were imposed by Queensland Environment Minister Andrew Powell.
The department is still considering the court's recommendations.