On the coal front
Here at Bimblebox we are getting on with the busy day to day tasks involved with caring for the nature refuge. It is a world away from the air-conditioned offices in Brisbane where we suppose Waratah Coal is preparing its Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). We are expecting this document will be made available for public comment, and we will put out notices when that happens. In recent months we have had several Waratah Coal contractors enter Bimblebox for various bits of survey work – by law, we are not able to prevent them from coming onto the property. We continue to be committed to stopping the proposed ‘China First’ mine, and to ensure Bimblebox remains a sanctuary for the district’s wildlife and for future generations.
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State inquiry into land tenure
We recently gave evidence to the Queensland Inquiry into the Future and Continued Relevance of Government Land Tenure. The main points from that submission are in an article we wrote for latest newsletter of The Australia Institute.
The latest media coverage for Bimblebox was regarding a petition for no mining on Bimblebox Nature Refuge and Steve Irwin Reserve initiated by Paul Dawkins from Nambour on the Sunshine Coast. Just over 10 days ago we had a ministerial answer to the 950 signature strong petition. It is clear that the current Queensland Government is continuing on a path of business as usual, which is likely to result in continued degradation of our unique biodiversity and global atmosphere.
Other Galilee projects
An article appeared in The Conversation on the 28th November which gave an over-view of plans and projections for the Galilee Basin – it is worth reading to get a big picture over-view.
Of significant concern, a number of Galilee Basin and associated port projects have been progressing through the Queensland Government’s approvals pipeline. Adani’s Carmichael EIS is open for comments until 11th February 2013. It would be one of the largest proposed mines in the Galilee Basin, and is projected to produce 60 million tonnes per year for 90 years. Also, recently public comments were due for: GVK/Hancock Kevin’s Corner Supplementary EIS (we put in this submission); the draft EIS Terms of Reference for the China Stone mine (planned to be twice as big as Australia’s biggest current coal mine); the EIS for the South Galilee coal mine proposal; Cumulative Impact Assessment of Abbot Point; and the Queensland Government’s “Port Strategy”.
Woodford Folk Festival and Bimblebox (The Movie)
We are very pleased to announce that ‘Bimblebox’ will be screening at the opening night of the Woodford Folk Festival (27th Dec, 9pm). Ellie and Paola will be there so if you are at the festival and you would like to meet them, they will be at the Lock the Gate stall, near the Greenhouse, between 3:30pm and 5:30pm every day. The documentary has been very well received and since its début in March at the Byron Bay International Film Festival, it has been screened in Vic, NSW, ACT and QLD hundreds of times. Next year it will be screening in Tasmania and we are now looking for venues and takers to screen it in Western Australia and Northern Territory.