TSBE CEO Ali Davenport talks with New Acland Coal Mine general manager Dave O'Dwyer about the future of the mine.
TSBE CEO Ali Davenport talks with New Acland Coal Mine general manager Dave O'Dwyer about the future of the mine. Matthew Newton

Date set for High Court application in Acland mine battle

A DATE has been set for what could be the final chapter in the long-running legal battle between the Oakey Coal Action Alliance and New Acland Coal Mine.

The OCAA will make its application for special leave to appeal to the High Court on June 5.

Mine owner New Hope Group has been chasing approvals for its New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 expansion for more than 12 years.

In recent times, the project has been tied up in a series of legal battles with the OCAA.

OCAA's application for special leave relates to the September 2019 Queensland Court of Appeal decision, which dismissed both grounds of the alliance's appeal and found a historic Land Court decision over the mine was affected by apprehended bias.

If the application is dismissed, it would clear the way for a State Government decision on the project's outstanding approvals.

OCAA is fighting the expansion to protect what it says is some "of the best agricultural land in Australia". 


Top 10 most successful musos from the Southern Downs

Premium Content Top 10 most successful musos from the Southern Downs

From best selling albums, sold out international tours and awards galore, here are...

QLD set to be named ‘preferred candidate’ for 2032 Olympics

Premium Content QLD set to be named ‘preferred candidate’ for 2032 Olympics

IOC nominates Qld as preferred candidate to host 2032 Olympic Games

Golf ball-sized hail hits Killarney, some enjoy 52mm

Premium Content Golf ball-sized hail hits Killarney, some enjoy 52mm

An intense storm walloped the Southern Downs bringing hail and strong winds, and...