Kingaroy Concerned Citizen Group members John Dalton, Gary Tessmann and Neralie O'Sullivan.
Kingaroy Concerned Citizen Group members John Dalton, Gary Tessmann and Neralie O'Sullivan. Contributed

Kingaroy concerned citizens respond to mine declaration

A GROUP of residents against the proposed Kingaroy mine have welcomed a move that declared the proposal a controlled action.

Moreton Resources hopes to have an approved lease for the mine in less than two years, but one resident against the proposal said there were more hurdles than there appeared to be.

The project will require assessment and approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - a process that could take months or years to complete.

While Moreton Resources managing director Jason Elks acknowledged the assessment would be a lengthy process, he said it was one step closer to bringing the thermal coal mine into operation.

KCCG spokesperson John Dalton said there was significant criteria that had to be addressed in the EIS to be submitted by Moreton.

"It will be a long process which will force the company to address the serious issues about this mine," Mr Dalton said.

"Up until now, it has been fobbed off but it's known the mine could impact on local groundwater and our koala and black-breasted button quail populations."

Mr Dalton said he hoped to engage the community further over a decision he believed would have a huge impact on the town.

He said KCCG planned to hold another public forum on the issue in the coming months.

"We need to let the community know they can influence the outcome of this with the sheer weight of their objections," Mr Dalton said.

"We think people will stress less if they can influence in the outcome and I think that, in the end, will be our greatest strength."