Key Information

Product: Coking coal
Mining method:  Open cut
Location:  Near Maryborough, Queensland (EPC923 and EPC1082)
Reserves and Resources: See the latest JORC ASX Announcement
Development status:  Mining Lease applications proceeding


The Colton Project area lies in the Burrum Coal Fields where small-scale underground mining was carried out from 1865 until the late 1990s. After first phase exploration and a review of data from last century, an initial 5Mt inferred resource was announced in 2009. Today, the marketable reserve, supported by a substantial inferred resource, is expected to produce 0.5 Mtpa of coking coal from the proposed open cut Colton Mine with significant expansion opportunity to extend the project duration.

The mine has a projected production life of at least 10 years. Mining Lease Applications were made in 2010 with the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) submitted to the Queensland Government in August 2010.

Recent exploration activity has focused on resource definition, geotechnical studies, coal quality and washability, and coke oven testing. Rail capacity is being contracted to transport product coal to the Gladstone Port. 


The Project’s updated Environmental Management Plan (EMP) was submitted in May 2014 and was assessed by the relevant government authorities as meeting the relevant reporting requirements. The EMP, equivalent to a larger project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), was prepared as part of the process of obtaining Mining Leases for the project. The EMP reports on the standard range of environmental factors including surface water, groundwater, noise, air quality, flora, fauna and community impacts. The project is situated on undeveloped State land north of Maryborough and west of Hervey Bay. The project area lies within the Susan River catchment – a tributary of the Mary River.

New Hope is committed to working with the local community stakeholders. The company has consulted with a range of stakeholders, including local council, State Government representatives, business and industry groups and neighbours. The Company will continue to meet with interested stakeholders throughout the duration of the project.

The current Colton Project Mining Lease applications and Environmental Management Plan and the associated appendices are available for download below. 


The project targets the near surface parts of the Burrum Coal measures within the southern part of the Maryborough Basin. The exploration area is in the southern part of the Burrum Syncline - an archetypical basin-shaped syncline elongated north-west to south-east. The coal occurrence is typified as multi-discontinuous seams ranging in thickness from a few millimetres up to 0.5 metres.  

Mining Lease Application Documents for download

Environmental Authority and Environmental Management Plan

Mining Lease Application 50273 (Colton A)

Mining Lease Application  50274 (Colton B)

Mining Lease Application  50280 (Colton C)