Farmers fail in court bid to stop new Galilee Basin mine

GINA Rinehart has won a court victory over a conservation group trying to halt plans to build a new coal mine in the Galilee Basin.

Lobby group Coast and Country had challenged  GVK hancock's Alpha project after it was approved by the former state environment minister last year. 

The conservationists, acting on behalf of three farmers, took the mining giant to the Land Court and then Queensland Supreme Court which on Friday ultimately ruled in favour of the project.  

One of the three farmers, Bruce Currie said outside court the ruling was a blow, but it won't stop Queensland graziers standing firm against the mine.

"Justice has not been done. If this mine goes ahead, it risks draining away the groundwater that our lives and businesses depend on. This is our lifeblood. We cannot sit back and allow permanent damage to groundwater supplies and the Great Artesian Basin."

The farmers have also been ordered to pay GVK's legal costs.  

A statement from the company says the appeal did not involve any landholders in the region and was only brought forward by "anti-mining activists."  

"We are pleased the court has clearly ruled that our project has continued to follow and comply with all regulatory and legal processes."  

"The development of the Alpha Coal Project will create 5,000 jobs during around three years of construction and over 2,000 long-term jobs during the 30+ years of operations."  

Topics:  coal farmers galilee basin gvk mining queensland

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