Miner eyes Steve Irwin reserve

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The Wilderness Society says bauxite miner Cape Alumina will soon be mining in the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve on Cape York.

According to The Courier-Mail Wilderness Society spokesperson Glenn Walker said the company was looking at developing in the reserve following promises by new Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.

"The Wilderness Society is aware that the company last week listed an investor presentation on the ASX website noting that the new QLD LNP Government would soon repeal the Wild River declaration for the Wenlock River," he said.

Some environmentalists and scientists have warned against mining in the region because of the Wenlock River’s unique environmental conditions.

On seizing power earlier this year Newman said he would start winding back the former Government’s conservation legislation within his first 100 days of Government.

Cape Alumina has previously argued mining can safely go ahead much closer to the region’s water bodies than is currently allowed.

In an investor presentation last week the company said its Pisolite Hills mine and port project in Northern QLD was stalled because of current regulations.

"This project is on hold due to the previous QLD Labor Government’s Wild Rivers declaration covering the Wenlock River Basin."

The company said it had made an extensive study of the region to ensure its developments would have no adverse impacts.

"Cape Alumina has already conducted some of the most extensive environmental impact studies ever undertaken on western Cape York to ensure our operations protect the area’s ecosystems," it said.

Image: News Limited, Glenn Walker

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