New Acland Mine Expansion Clears Court Hurdle

The New Acland coal mine's $900 million expansion will not head back to the Queensland Land Court after clearing a major legal hurdle.

On September 18 the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal from the Oakey Coal Action Allowance against the expansion of the Darling Downs-based mine but allowed a cross appeal from New Acland Coal, following the overturning of Land Court's 2017 decision recommending mining leases be rejected was affected by apprehended bias.

The Oakey Coal Action Allowance's appeal hinged on the argument that the Land Court did have jurisdiction to consider the impacts of the mine on groundwater while the cross appeal claimed Judge Helen Bowskill was wrong to find the Land Court's decision was not affected by apprehended bias.