The fate of Queensland’s Bimblebox Nature Refuge lies with how much power Clive Palmer will have over a Queensland LNP Government, as the mining billionaire banks on being allowed to turn the part taxpayer-funded Refuge into a 40 million tonne coal mine.
Greens Candidate for Nanango, Mr Grant Newson, attended a large gathering for a day of Action at Jondaryan on the Monday 20th Feb to protest against the Stage 3 expansion of the Acland New Hope Coal Mine. It also brought attention to the residents of Jondaryan whose health and lifestyle are being affected by the massive coal dump that is with walking distance from their homes.
This morning's announcement that the Queensland Coordinator General has granted approval for a dam on the Connors River is another blow to the Fitzroy River catchment, according to the Queensland Greens.
"This dam will hinder the last free flowing river of the great Fitzroy River catchment," Queensland Greens spokesperson Libby Connors said today.
Residents and business owners of the Ipswich Region might feel a sense of relief with Stirling Hinchliffe, Minister for Employment, Skills and Mining, declaring that “there have been no approvals for large scale commercial mining on the area” (letter Courier Mail 29/12/2011).