Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has announced a timetable to completely phase out sand mining on North Stradbroke Island.
She announced a plan in Parliament today to end all mining activities on the island, stating that “mining may have been part of North Stradbroke’s past, but won’t define its future.”
Bligh went on to say that the Enterprise mine on the Island’s south will close by 2019.
The aim is to make up to three quarters of North Stradbroke national park territory by 2021.
Sand mining has been carried out on the island for more than 50 years.
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