Ipswich council looks to ban new mines and CSG projects

Ipswich City Council has declared it will block plans to develop any new mine, mining extension, or coal seam gas project in the city.

According to the Queensland Times, the council adopted the policy yesterday.

Planning and Development Committee chairman Paul Tully said extractive industry was incompatible with the future liveability of the city.

"This is quite a significant issue … given the fact that coal mining commenced in what is now Queensland in 1843 at Redbank," Cr Tully told the council.

"Our position under this policy is not to revoke existing leases, not to close down existing mines but to work with the mining owners and with the state government to ensure that no new leases are granted, no existing leases are extended and that because of the coal seam gas issues … that no permits or leases or any approvals be granted by the state government within our region."

Tully said the council will help facilitate the transition of those still involved in mining and support the rehabilitation of mined land to a standard that is suitable for reuse as urban or rural purposes.

Ipswich City Council has already expressed their anger over the approval of the New Chum mine, saying it was left in the dark throughout the proposal and approval process.

Last year, Deputy mayor Victor Attwood said the council should have more say about the mining activity.

"We should be able to avoid what I believe is a totally inappropriate place for a mine,” he said.

Rural councillor David Pahlke said coal mining should not be allowed in residential areas.

"The State Government's decision-making process overrides the council. We have no say in it,” he said.

"The sad thing is whoever is in power; whatever side of politics, they do the same. They don't listen to the people. It's sad.”

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the City of Ipswich is pro-development, but not at the expense of the community.

"One of the things the council prides itself on is community consultation.

"When I see things like this happen I think no wonder the public gets upset," he said.

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