Vulcan South coal mine EA and PRCP application (A-EA-NEW-100265025)

6 July 2023 4.30pm
Environmental licensing and regulation
Public notice and consultation

An application is being assessed for an Environmental Authority (EA) and Progressive Rehabilitation and Closure Plan (PRCP) for the Vulcan South coal mine, on Mining Lease (ML) 700073 in Central Queensland, approximately 33 km south-east of Moranbah.


Mineral Resources Act 1989 – Section 252
Environmental Protection Act 1994 – Section 152

Proposed Coal Mine – Mining Lease Application Number 700073 – for a term of 15 years

It is advised that an application has been made for a mining lease and environmental authority under the provisions of the above mentioned Acts, for the purpose of mining coal on the following land parcels within the Isaac Regional Council:

Lot 26 on CNS125 – Lands Lease, Lot 2 on CNS109 – Lands Lease, Lot 3 on CNS109 – Lands Lease, Lot 2 on SP296877 – Lands Lease, Lot 59 on SP235297 – Lands Lease, Lot 72 on SP137467 – Reserve and Saraji Road.

The application is located at approximately 33km south-east of Moranbah.

The applicant is: Queensland Coking Coal Pty Ltd (50%) and Qld Coal Aust No.1 Pty Ltd (50%)

Date and time application lodged: 10 May 2022, 8.19am

Mining activities to be carried out include: mining coal, road/access/right of way, power lines/ariels, conveyor belt, clearing vegetation, transport/conveyor/vehicular, environmental dam, mine waste/spoil dumps, waterway diversion, electrical substation facility, electrical switching yard, electrical transmission line, explosives/magazine, flood mitigation works, industrial facilities, loading facilities, railway, workshop/machinery/storage, water management, pipeline – water only, stockpile ore/overburden, processing plant, railway, transport–vehicular-haul road, rehabilitation/remediation.

Mining lease application documents

The application documents consist of the Application for Mining Lease, copies of or extracts from the application documents, and the endorsed Mining Lease Notice detailing the location and description of the land applied for (including surface area and access), may be downloaded from the Business Queensland website or may be inspected at the Department of Resources’ office – Coal Assessment Hub, Department of Resources, Building E, 25 Yeppoon Road, Parkhurst Qld 4702 or may be obtained by contacting the local mines assessment hub on (07) 4936 0169 or

Environmental authority documents

The application documents for the proposal consist of the following:

  • Application documents:
    • Site Specific Environmental Authority (EA) Application Vulcan South
    • EA application supporting document
    • Progressive Rehabilitation and Closure Plan (PRC Plan) application
    • PRC Plan document
    • PRC Plan Schedule
  • Request for Information (RFI) response documents:
    • Vulcan South RFI response
    • Updated PRC Plan
    • Updated PRC Plan Schedule
    • PRC Plan spatial files.

Application documents may be inspected or accessed at

Copies of, or extracts from, the application documents may also be obtained at the Vitrinite Brisbane Office, Level 6, Suite 2, 12 Creek Street, Brisbane Qld 4000.

Making a properly made objection/submission

It is advised that any person/entity may make an objection to the grant of the mining lease, and/or a submission about the application for the environmental authority and PRC Plan.

The objection/submission period, during which objections/submissions can be given, concludes on 6 July 2023 at 4.30pm (AEST).

A properly made objection and/or submission must be received on or before 4.30pm (AEST) on the last day of the objection/submission period. It must be lodged with the chief executive in writing in the approved form, addressed to the relevant Assessment Hub:

Coal Assessment Hub
Building E, 25 Yeppoon Road
Parkhurst QLD 4702
PO Box 3679, Red Hill QLD 4701

A copy of the objection must also be served upon the applicant/s on or before 4.30pm (AEST) on the last day of the objection period at the following address:

Queensland Coking Coal Pty Ltd & Qld Coal Aust No.1 Pty Ltd
c/ Vitrinite Pty Ltd
PO Box 400, Currumbin Qld 4223

Objection for the mining lease application

A properly made objection in respect to the grant of the mining lease is one that:

  • is lodged, on or before 4.30pm (AEST) on the last objection day for the application with the chief executive in writing in the approved form;
  • states the grounds of the objection and the facts and circumstances relied on in support of the grounds;
  • is signed and dated by each person/entity (i.e. signatory) making the objection; and
  • states the name and address of each signatory.

Intending objectors should obtain the approved objection form (MRA-20) by either contacting the relevant assessment hub on (07) 4936 0169 or online from the Business Queensland website.

Submissions for the Environmental Authority and PRC Plan application

It is advised that any person may make a submission about the application documents during the submission period, which ends on 6 July 2023. Submissions must be received on or before 4.30pm on the last day of the submission period. Submissions must be sent to:

Department of Environment and Science
Business Centre Coal

PO Box 3028, Emerald QLD 4720

The Department of Environment and Science as administering authority shall accept all properly made submissions and may accept written submissions even if they are not properly made. A properly made submission must meet all of the following requirements:

  • be written or made electronically
  • state the name and address of each submitter
  • be made to the administering authority stated above
  • be received on or before the last day of the submission period
  • state the grounds of the submission and the facts and circumstances relied on in support of the grounds.

Intending submitters may download the submission form or obtain a copy by contacting the Department of Environment and Science on 1300 130 372.