Moreton Resources will continue fight for Kingaroy mine
THE fight over the proposed coal mine near Kingaroy is far from over, with CEO Jason Elks vowing to continue his quest to win over public support after the emphatic rejection at Tuesday's Kingaroy Town Hall meeting.
"The biggest takeaway we got is there is a lot of misinterpretation of the facts," he said.
He said concerns about winds blowing coal dust over Kingaroy could be easily disproved with weather data.
As well as the meeting, Mr Elks and other Moreton staff have canvassed residents in Kingaroy Shoppingworld, and are setting up a shopfront in Kingaroy.
"Do we think the business community and a lot of people in Kingaroy want economic development and are willing to have a mine that's well-structured and regulated? We do," he said.
The Tarong Basin project has been a long-term plan for Moreton Resources, but it has gained steam since the company released its pre-feasibility study to the market in December.
In the study, it was claimed that a mine on the MDL 385 asset and the EPC 882 tenement would provide a better source of coal for Tarong than Meandu Mine.
It was also stated the mine could have significant benefits for the South Burnett including $250million to the local economy during the construction of the mine.
For the project to proceed Mr Elks needs to persuade not only South Burnett people, but also the owners of Tarong, Stanwell Corporation, to buy their coal.
The State Government owned corporation has said publicly that it has no need for more coal, as it is well serviced by Meandu, and the Kunioon deposit.