NOT HAPPY: Blackstone resident Steve Koch’s property is one of the closest to the proposed open cut mine in New Chum.
NOT HAPPY: Blackstone resident Steve Koch’s property is one of the closest to the proposed open cut mine in New Chum. Claudia Baxter

Locals livid at open-cut mine in their 'backyard'

THOSE living closest to a proposed mine at New Chum say they are concerned about the prospect of noise and dust.

Residents in nearby Blackstone who the QT spoke to said they were taken aback by the announcement in yesterday's paper.

Deputy Mayor Victor Attwood said the council was advised by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection that Oxley Plant Sales plans to start open-cut mining on a number of parcels of land at New Chum.

Oxley Plant Sales acquired the lease in 2008 and the mining tenement is listed as covering 40.44 hectares.

Residents have until next Friday to have their say on proposed amendments to the mining lease that would allow open cut mining.

Three years ago, chemical engineer Steve Koch bought a house about 550m from the proposed mine.

"Open cut? Not happy about that," Mr Koch said.

"We've got enough dust through here at the moment. If there's a mine going in, I'm not impressed.

"If there's going to be big trucks going through, that's a concern.

"I grew up around open cut mining at Moranbah so I know what it's like."

He said he knew the history of the area but wasn't bothered when he bought the house because he thought mining there was in the past.

"One reason we bought here is because the place isn't undermined. The main reason we bought here is we thought mining was finished here," he said.

Another nearby resident, who didn't want his name published, was surprised to hear of the plans.

"It's the first I've heard of it," he said. "I know they do mining training down there and I know this area used to be mined but reopening it is different."

Jim Dodrill, who has lead opposition to the Transpacific waste facility at New Chum, posted his comment on the QT web site.

"Ipswich City Council failed the same local residents by approving the Transpacific waste dump. It now looks likely that the Council will yet again fail residents if this open cut mine goes ahead," Mr Dodrill said.

"This is the problem when the mayor and his councillors say that Ipswich is open for all and every type of business. A few dirty jobs are little value while families are suffering ill health caused by toxic dumps and coal mine dust and their properties are worth nothing."

However Cr Attwood said the council was trying to stop the mine.

"We don't support it and we would like to see it knocked on the head," he said on Thursday.

"It has the potential to introduce dust, especially coal dust, to the area."