Future of mine site dependent on environmental report

WHILE Callide mine's Boundary Hill site was sold to new owners this week, its future beyond the end of the year is dependent on the results of an environmental impact report.

Banana Shire Mayor Ron Carige(pictured) said the report was to cover the expansion of the mine with a focus on the affect on the water table, which would see it operate for another 20 years.

"It's imperative to get this (report) through," he said.

"There is 20 years worth of coal left at Boundary Hill South.

"Otherwise the coal will run out by the end of 2016."

Anglo American, the original owners of the mine, were granted a deadline extension on the report to March.

Mr Carige said he was assured in a meeting with the State Government on Monday it "couldn't see any reason why the issues with Boundary Hill Mine can't be resolved in the near future".

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection will then complete its assessment and the public will be able to raise objections.