John Dalton outside the site of the proposed coal mine
John Dalton outside the site of the proposed coal mine Contributed

Landholders vow to fight proposed Kingaroy coal mine

THE landholder group that last tackled the issue of underground coal gasification in the South Burnett has re-emerged with its sights now set on stopping a Kingaroy coal mine, proposed by the same company.

Kingaroy Concerned Citizens Group was formed when Cougar Energy trialled UCG. Now it is attempting to stop Moreton Resources from developing a coal mine on the same site.

The two groups met on Tuesday as Moreton Resources promoted its planned coal mine in Coolabunia.

But KCCG spokesman John Dalton said in the unlikely event the concept proceeded to the next phase of a mine concept study, the local community would have to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of the proposal.

"Local communities all over Queensland are having to assess the advantages of increased extra economic activity from mining, against the loss of quality of life that comes with large-scale resource projects," Mr Dalton said.

"KCCG believes that locals would object strongly to Moreton potentially placing a large coal mine at the end of the town airport."

He said potential problems would include "lights, noise and dust off tall mountains of overburden coming to town on the south-easterly wind".

Mr Dalton said the mine proposal would face strong opposition from his landowners group.

"As unlikely as this project is ... our group had faced off against five (extraction) projects," he said.

"Sooner or later one is going to get up."

Moreton Resources CEO Jason Elks said while he was glad to have the "well attended" meeting with the group, he didn't believe the resistance to the project was the overriding feeling in the community.

"Obviously this group has a keen interest in how this directly affects them as landholders and we are willing to work together with them to achieve the best outcome for both parties," Mr Elks said.

"What is tremendous is the encouragement from those in the business community and those who can see the benefits for the entire community.

"Most people understand that the company has completely transformed from the old Cougar Energy and see that it is progressing well, with a highly credible board, who have a history of moving projects forward."

South Burnett

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