Working with our local community

Mining operations have played an integral part in the development of Baralaba, starting with the underground operations at the turn of the last century.

More recently, Baralaba’s community engagement has been significantly improved. Baralaba Coal is working diligently to restore and foster relationships with the local community.

This has led to the establishment of the Baralaba Community Engagement Management Plan.

The Community Engagement Management Plan (CEMP) outlines how Baralaba intends to engage and support the local community. Baralaba provides significant employment and local business opportunities to the

Central Queensland region. The primary objective of the CEMP is to provide a framework that develops collaborative working relationships with the local community stakeholders.

This objective will be met through the establishment of a Community Consultative Committee and a Community Sponsorship Program.

You can access the application form for our sponsorship program here.

Aboriginal Heritage

Baralaba works in partnership with the traditional custodians of the land where our projects are located to ensure sites of cultural significance are identified and protected.

We are a signatory of the Cultural Heritage Investigation and Management Agreement (CHIMA) along with the Gaangalu Nation People, the traditional owners of the land on which we operate.

The CHIMA is intended to provide an efficient and workable means by which parties to the agreement can protect and manage Aboriginal Cultural Heritage in a culturally appropriate manner, while complying with all necessary legislative requirements.

A co-ordinating committee has been established comprising four representatives from both the Gaangalu Nation People and Baralaba and this committee has been meeting regularly over the past 12 months.


Water is a valuable, shared resource in our community and as such our philosophy is to use as little water as practical.

The Baralaba North Mine is located on the northern floodplain of the lower Dawson River. An anabranch of the Dawson River separates Baralaba North from Baralaba Central. The mine has a substantial water allocation from the Dawson River however, due to our significant capture process for mine runoff, Baralaba is able to reduce the amount of water it draws from the river.


A major consideration of any mining operation is how we leave the land post operations. We are morally and legally obliged to rehabilitate any and all land we disturb during the operations of our sites.

t Baralaba we take these obligations seriously and, as part of our commitment to being a responsible operator and in line with our environmental approvals, we undertake progressive rehabilitation of our mined land.