The New Acland coal mine is applying to expand its operations in one of Australia’s most productive agricultural regions, the Darling Downs. The mine has been controversial since it began, in its impact on the agricultural economy, and in clearing out the town of Acland where now only one resident remains.
The New Acland Mine proposal uses flawed economic modelling designed to overstate potential benefits of the expansion and neglects to mention impacts on air quality and health for surrounding residents.
Local complaints about air quality, noise, and impacts on agriculture are regularly brushed off by the proponents who claim these impacts are offset by the mine’s economic benefits. However, analysis by The Australia Institute submitted to the Queensland Government found that these economic claims are overstated.