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THE Coordinator General has approved the proposed Hancock rail corridor — an essential milestone towards an Alpha Coal Mine, which could directly create up to 1600 jobs.
Making the announcement, Premier Anna Bligh said the corridor had been approved as an Infrastructure Facility of Significance (IFS) under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971.
The proposed 495km standard gauge railway would run from Hancock Coal's proposed Alpha Coal Mine in the Galilee Basin to Abbot Point, she said.
“This approval can only be sought by projects which meet the strict definition of an infrastructure facility and also have the potential to contribute to the State through economic growth or new jobs,” Ms Bligh said.
“It's an important milestone towards a project that could help open up the Galilee Basin for the first time.”
Hancock Coal Pty Ltd is the proponent of the prosed $2billion new rail project, which could move bulk coal from Hancock's proposed Alpha Coal mine to the Port of Abbot Point.
The declaration as an infrastructure facility of significance means that Hancock now has a defined corridor within which they can continue to examine the feasibility of their plans.
The project is subject to an ongoing Environmental Impact Statement.
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