After four years, a multi-billion dollar coal mine set to be developed by Queensland mining magnate Clive Palmer in Central Queensland has been given a conditional go-ahead by the state government.

Last week, Queensland’s Coordinator General gave approval for the $6.4 billion Galilee Coal Project, otherwise known as the ‘China First’ project, which will involve the development of a new coal mine and associated infrastructure located near Alpha in the Galilee Basin and a 468-kilometre rail line to export facilities at…