Media Statement

The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry’s first tranche of Public Hearings has now concluded.

The second tranche of public hearings will concern Grosvenor Mine, both the 27 methane exceedances at longwalls 103 and 104 between 1 July 2019 and 5 May 2020, and the serious accident on 6 May 2020.

Expert reports into the serious accident are still being completed.

The Board is of the view that the logical progression of the Inquiry means that the methane exceedances at Grosvenor should be dealt with firstly, leading into the evidence concerning the serious accident.

To that end, the second tranche of public hearings will commence on Tuesday 15 September 2020, in Court 17 of the Brisbane Magistrates Court, and will continue until all relevant evidence has been called.

Depending upon the availability of relevant reports, there may be some days when the Inquiry does not sit, to ensure all parties have the opportunity to properly consider the material.

The Board expresses its thanks to all parties with leave and witnesses who participated in this first tranche of hearings. The Board also expresses its thanks to those who otherwise significantly assisted the progress of the Inquiry through the provision of submissions and information.

The Board looks forward to this cooperation and assistance continuing.

Written submissions in relation to this first tranche of evidence are now sought from the parties with leave to appear.

Information can continue to be provided to the Executive Director at the Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry, noting there needs to be sufficient time afforded to investigate any leads of inquiry.

Public hearings of Tranche 1 are now adjourned.

For more details please visit the Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry’s website

Media Contact: Megan Lutz