OCAA Land Court case update – 17th December 2015

OCAA’s move into the legal side of life is well and truly underway in our attempt to stop stage 3 of the New Acland Coal (NAC) expansion.

Objectors have placed their submissions against the Department of Environment &  Heritage Protection (EHP) accepting NAC’s Environment Authority.

This acceptance has forced OCAA into the land court for justice to prevail objecting against the departments decision.

The objectors have been involved in 3 direction hearings, one in Dalby the other two in Brisbane. They have been introduced to the land court member His Honour Mr. Smith and the legal might of the NAC legal representatives, QC Ambrose and two partners from Clayton Utz, Lawyers.

OCAA has been formally and willingly accommodated by the Environment Defenders Office (EDO) to defend our cause and beliefs. They have been working day and night preparing the situation for a formidable contest, negotiating with experts and legal counsel. An extremely tight court schedule has been ordered and the gathering of data, information, lay witness statements has been intense.

OCAA will provide experts in the fields of;

Groundwater hydrogeology

Groundwater hydrogeological modelling

Acoustic & vibration assessment

Air quality assessment

Economic assessment & modelling

Agricultural economics

Other individuals will contest health impacts and related issues.

OCAA members thank those that have so willingly provided testimony and insights into what may be the most controversial land court decision in Australian coal mining history. Politicians, mining companies and decision makers are looking with great interest and concern as to the decision His Honour Member Smith will make.

A massive amount of work is still yet to be done with an April/May decision looming. We don’t have the leisure of taking our eye off the ball as the heat intensifies.

OCAA does need help, and a donation area to assist in the ‘Fighting Fund’ is small or large an input may well help change the course of Australian history … for the better!