The Senate has released a report focused on the potential impact of mining upon the local environment in the greater Murray Darling Basin.
The report highlights the potential environmental impacts of mineral sand and coal mining on the local water catchments.
It also focuses on the possible damage mining may have to regional agriculture, which is seen as significant as the region produces one third of Australia’s food supply. The greater Murray Darling basin covers the Naomi Valley, Liverpool plains and the Darling Downs.
A major concern is the potential effect of that increased coal mining in the Surat Basin, located in the Darling Downs, may have upon the local environment.
The New South Wales Minerals Council and Queensland Resources Council have both called for a need to regulate mining on a location specific basis.
CEO of the NSW Minerals Council, Nikki Williams, stated that “this report confirms that we need more focus on strategic land use planning in regional NSW.” Governments are elected to provide the definitive answer to questions about the optimum use of land through integrated land use planning, she added.
The Queensland Government has already taken steps to mediate concerns over mining through its Land Access Strategy, designed to “provide solutions for resource companies and landholders,” Queensland State Minister for Natural Resources, Stephen Robertson said.