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A north Queensland environment group says it is concerned about the plan for a new coal terminal, south of Mackay.
Indian-owned Adani Mining and Dudgeon Point Project Management, a subsidiary of the Brookfield Infrastructure Group, have been awarded 190 hectares each for the development of coal terminals at Dudgeon Point in central Queensland.
They will also get land required for infrastructure outside the stockyard.
The environmental impact statement is expected to be released mid-next year.
Patricia Julien, from the Mackay Conservation Group, says if approved, the port will have a significant impact on the local environment and wildlife.
She says she is not confident enough safeguards will be put in place to protect the community.
"There's insufficient monitoring, there's insufficient social science research, insufficient everything in order for the size and scope of what's being planned," she said.
"Why are these projects being looked ... [at] as done deals when the mining leases haven't even been approved for these projects?"
Louisa Creek resident Betty Hobbs says if it is approved it will have a significant impact on the community.
"There'll be increased traffic on the roads," she said.
"There'll be six rail lines going in and two going out and these will be operating 24-hours-a day, seven-days-a-week.
"I think that Mackay will feel a lot of the brunt of coal dust and noise."
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