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North Surat - Taroom Coal Project

Project overview*

EIS status ‘Coordinated project’ declaration cancelled by Coordinator-General
Description Open-cut coal mine with a yield of up to eight million tonnes per annum of thermal coal; and associated infrastructure.
Proponent North Surat Coal Pty Ltd
Location/s Surat Basin, 3 km south-east of Taroom and 310 km south-west of Rockhampton.
Local government/s
  • Banana Shire Council (mine)
  • Western Downs Regional Council (part of electricity transmission line)
Key features
  • open-cut coal mine
  • coal handling and processing infrastructure
  • rail infrastructure, including a 31-kilometre rail spur connecting to the proposed Surat Basin Rail line
  • 52-kilometre high-voltage transmission line connecting to the proposed Wandoan substation
  • water supply pipeline to the Glebe Weir or Dawson River
  • diversion of nine kilometres of the Leichhardt Highway

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

Date Activity
11 June 2015 ‘Coordinated project’ declaration cancelled by Coordinator-General
24 December 2014 Notification of proponent change from Cockatoo Coal Limited to North Surat Coal Pty Ltd.
2 October 2013 Coordinator-General stated a new declaration lapse date of 3 July 2015.
3 July 2012 Terms of reference for EIS (PDF icon 345 KB) released.
28 April 2012 to
28 May 2012
Draft terms of reference for EIS public consultation.
22 March 2012 Commonwealth Minister for the Environment decided the project is a controlled action. More information
14 February 2012 Gazettal of 'coordinated project' declaration (PDF icon 115 KB)
23 December 2011 Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.
23 December 2011 Application, including initial advice statement (PDF icon 2.05 MB), submitted.

Read more about the EIS process.

Media releases

Further information

For more information about the project, visit the North Surat Coal Pty Ltd web page.

Last updated: 09 Nov 2021