The Queensland Resource Council (QRC) has called on the QLD State Government to look at its own policies “instead of ramming draconian legislation through to end sand mining on North Stradbroke Island.”
QRC chief Michael Roche has claimed that Anna Bligh’s Government is working with ‘indecent haste’ to legislate the sand mining ban.
QLD Premier Anna Bligh has outlined timetable to completely phase out sand mining on North Stradbroke by 2025, and is aiming to turn more than half of the Island into national park land by the end of this year.
Roche stated that “Government policy says all regulatory proposals put forward by agencies and statutory authorities ‘with significant impacts’ must be the subject of a Regulatory Assessment Statement.
“Surely legislation that declares an end to mining and 650 indirect and direct jobs qualifies as having a ‘significant impact’?”
He went on to say that ‘the question still to be answered by the Premier is what has changed to demand such a sudden a political backflip that will see all but a small silica sand operation gone by 2019?’
The QLD Government’s legislation would see the Island’s largest operation, the Enterprise sand mine, closed by 2019.
Sand mining has been carried out on North Stradbroke Island for more than 50 years.
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