$1 billion Winchester South coal mine declared co-ordinated project

A  $1 BILLION coal mining project that could create about 500 jobs ­during construction is a step closer after being declared a co-ordinated project by the independent Coordinator-General.

The Winchester South facility, near Moranbah in the Bowen Basin, is owned by mining giant Whitehaven Coal.

The operation proposes an open-cut metallurgical coal mine that could produce up to 8 million tonnes of coal for 30 years.

The Coordinator-General will ­prepare draft terms of reference, on which the public will be able to ­comment.

If approved, the project is estimated to start construction in 2021, with the first coal extraction proposed for 2023.