ART WORKING: The 385 alive art competition is sponsored by businesses such as PCA and Crumptons, as well as the Council.
ART WORKING: The 385 alive art competition is sponsored by businesses such as PCA and Crumptons, as well as the Council. Tobi Loftus

Moreton Resources delighted by anti-mine group's competition

MORETON Resources, the company behind the planned Kingaroy coal mine, has come out in support of an art competition run by an anti-mine group.

In a statement to the ASX, Moreton Resources said it was "delighted” by the 385 Alive project, run by the Kingaroy Concerned Citizens Group (KCCG).

"While (Moreton Resources) is not directly involved, we are delighted by the fact that it is being acknowledge and embraced that MDL 385...is now the subject to capturing the beauty of the natural land forms,” the statement said.

KCCG launched the 385 Alive art competition two weeks ago with an aim to capture the landscapes where the proposed mine would be built.

KCCG spokesman John Dalton said Moreton Resources' response to the competition was "laughable”.

"People can see through something that is unsubstantiated and futile,” Mr Dalton said.

"We think that is what their release is.

"It's quite laughable as it shows their lack of understanding about what the project is. It's so inappropriate and scarcely connected at all, it misses the point.”

Mr Dalton said the release was just a reaction to the national attention the anti-mine group has received since the competition launch.

"They would have been thoroughly rattled last Thursday night when we got a minute and a half on national television,” he said.

Moreton Resources said in the statement it continued to "advance against its gazetted time lines” and would have a draft environmental impact statement ready by the end of this year.

"(It will be) ready for comment at the latest early 2018,” the company said.

"(Moreton Resources) believes this will be one of the most comprehensive EIS applications seen by the relevant departments or the public given the historic data be it water, wind or other key aspects, that are in abundance at the South Burnett Coal Projects area of influence.”

They said there would be a "quantum of positive benefits that will be felt through the community” as the project continued.

"We are exceptionally pleased with the advancements.”