Glenden General Store owner Milissa Payne.
Glenden General Store owner Milissa Payne.

Fears CQ mining town will be roadblocked from services

SOME residents of a Central Queensland mining town fear they will be cut off from essential services if they can no longer use a private road.

A meeting will be held on Wednesday between Isaac Regional Council officers and Peabody representatives to discuss the future of Ellensfield Rd in Glenden.

Peabody – which operates the nearby North Goonyella mine – owns the road.

But members of the public commonly use it as a faster route to Moranbah.

The recent construction of fences up to the road’s shoulder on one section has sparked concern among residents that the road could be blocked off.

The mining town of Glenden.
The mining town of Glenden.

Facebook user Jana Schweitzer said the closure of Ellensfield Rd would “isolate us further”.

“This will block access to our closest essential services including pharmacy, dentist, sports, large grocery stores etc,” she wrote.

Glenden General Store owner Milissa Payne said Peabody wanted to close the road because it was looking to sell its North Goonyella mine.

The company is pushing ahead with previously flagged plans to sell the mine at Moranbah after a devastating underground fire tore through the site in 2018.

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Peabody’s North Goonyella Mine.
Peabody’s North Goonyella Mine.

Ms Payne said she would not be impacted if the road was to close, because residents could still use Pipeline Rd or drive to Mackay just as easily.

“It is not going to change anything; instead of going to Moranbah to shop they will have to go to Mackay,” she said.

“We will not be cut off from essential services.”

A Peabody spokeswoman said no decisions had been made to close Ellensfield Rd.

“We are holding preliminary discussions with the Isaac Regional Council this week,” she said.

Isaac Mayor Anne Baker said residents were “understandably concerned” about future access.

“There will be initial discussions between council officers and Peabody representatives (this) week and I expect further discussions will be arranged to fully explore this issue,” Cr Baker said.

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