A Canadian mining firm is hoping to break the ground on a $5-billion coal mine off Queensland’s south coast, with a project to be built at the bottom of a hill.

The company, called Xstrata, said the $2.2-billion project will be built on the surface of a bluff that sits just off the coast.

The $2 billion project will involve the construction of a 1,000-metre long tunnel to carry coal to a surface deposit at the top of the bluff.

The company said the project will create a 5 per cent increase in the mining tax base in Queensland.

The project has been controversial with environmentalists, who say the prospect of dumping coal near beaches is too risky.

The Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said she was looking forward to seeing the project start.

“I want to get a look at it and see how it all works, because it’s something that will be very good for the environment, good for Queensland and it’s good for people in this state,” Ms Palasziuk said.

Topics:mining,environment,environmental-impact,environment-management,business-economics-and-finance,environment AustraliaFirst posted February 19, 2021 16:53:47Contact Anna CondonMore stories from Queensland

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