Bundaberg approves sand mining

Bundaberg has given the go-ahead for sand mining north of the city.

The Bundaberg Council gave the green light to Austral Masonry’s plans for a 100 000 tonne per year sand mine at Gooburrum, according to the ABC.

Gooburrum is located north west of Bundaberg.

Council spokesperson Ross Sommerfield stated that "Council’s imposed 86 conditions which relate to concerns of the residents, the application was actually impact assessable," he said.

"Part of our background on the application detailed all the concerns that were raised."

Production is scheduled to begin later this year, with an expected mine life of around 20 years.

The approval for this sand mine comes as the Queensland Government has moved to shut down sand extraction on North Stradbroke Island, causing a backlash against the Bligh Government with claims that the move has breached legislative principles.

The Government aiming to cease 94% of operations by 2019.

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