Cloncurry mine fined for pollution

A Cloncurry copper mine has fined for damage to a local creek.

A Cloncurry copper mine has fined for damage to a local creek.

Great Australian Operations, which runs the mine, was fined $135 000 by a Brisbane Magistrates Court and is required to monitor the creek over the next four years.

The Great Australia Mine released contaminated storm water into the Coppermine Creek last year when a pipe burst during the wet season, and according to the QLD Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) affected approximately two kilometers of the creek.

Vegetation, fish and other aquatic life were killed.

The company’s managing director Stephen Wolfe said the company accepted the fine and has spent a large amount of time trying to rectify the damage.

"As soon as the spill was discovered we stopped it and then we recovered all of the materials back from the creek," he told the ABC.

DERM has warned other mining companies to be aware during the wet season.

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