Move to restore mining objections 'win for little guy'
MINING community advocates have hailed the State Government's move to restore mining objection rights as a win for the little guy.
Advocacy groups including Lock the Gate and Stop Brisbane Coal Trains have lauded State Development Minister Anthony Lynham's proposed State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 2015.
The Bill seeks to restore objection rights that were removed under the former Newman government.
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"This Bill is the first step towards delivering on our election commitment to restore community objection rights removed by the LNP's Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2014," Mr Lynham said.
"Most importantly we have stepped in to restore these rights before the LNP's laws have had any practical effect."
The Bill, introduced to Parliament late last night, seeks to repeal section 47D of the State Development and Public Works Organisation 1971 ct.
It means that landholders and community members concerned about mining developments and expansions can lodge any objections with the courts.
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Darling Downs Environmental Council hailed the move as a win for the 4000 Darling Downs residents who signed their objections to the Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 Project.
"If the objections of farmers and Downs residents can now be truly heard, we believe it may tip the balance in favour of keeping the Downs a food bowl, not a coal dust bowl," organiser Paul King said.
Lock the Gate spokesman Drew Hutton said the legislation marked an important day for Queensland.
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"This is a really important day for Queensland, an a particularly important day for the people of the Darling Downs who may yet have the chance to tell the court about the impacts the Acland Stage 3 coal project will have on their water resources, agricultural businesses and health," he said.
Stop Brisbane Coal Trains spokesman John Gordon said the legislation would allow a greater degree of scrutiny of the Acland Stage 3 coal project.
"Make no mistake that while we welcome this move in the Queensland Parliament, SBCT and all other opponents to New Acland Stage 3 regard this repeal as only a start," he said.