news articles & blogs

‘Little bird could cost Palmer big’, By Amelia Ahern, Central Queensland News, 3rd September 2014

‘Conservationist says mine proposal ‘a farce”, By Paul Robinson and Alice Roberts, ABC Western Queensland, 23rd Dec 2013

‘Waratah Coal welcomes Galilee Basin mine approval despite environmental conditions’, ABC News, 21st Dec 2013

‘Fed Govt gives go ahead for Clive Palmer’s coal mine’, AM ABC Radio National, 21st Dec 2013

‘Abbot Point approval misses the point’, By Sara Phillips, ABC Environment, 11th Dec 2013

‘Jericho couple await decision’, By Helen Walker, Queensland Country Life, 9th Dec 2013

‘Alpha landholders unimpressed by information day’, By Zac Luke, CQ News, 4th Dec 2013

‘Nature reserve owner urges Palmer to drop mining interests’, By Emilie Gramenz, ABC News, 27th Nov 2013

‘Queensland Gets A Bad Deal From Big Coal’, By Rod Campbell, New Matilda, 20th Nov 2013

‘Clive Palmer’s style comes under attack’, 7:30 Report ABC, 19th Nov 2013

‘The whopping climate change footprint of two Australian coalmining projects’, By Graham Readfearn, the Guardian, 7th Nov 2013

‘Clive Palmer firm fails its ‘environmental duty”, By Hedley Thomas, The Australian, 6th Nov 2013

‘Palmer tried to get preferential treatment for his mines: Newman’, By Sid Mayer and Sarah Elks, The Australian, 2nd Nov 2013

‘GVK Hancock Alpha mine and graziers face off in court’, By Zac Luke, Central Queensland News, 30th Oct 2013

‘Water experts want Qld mines put on hold’, AAP, 29th Oct 2013

‘Land Court hears closing arguments in Alpha coal mine project case’, By John Taylor and William Rollo, ABC News, 25th Oct 2013

‘Battle to stop Alpha coal mine’, By Kym Agius, Brisbane Times, 25th Oct 2013

‘Clive Palmer’s $6bn China First coalmine faces last two hurdles’, By Lenore Taylor, The Guardian, 25th Oct 2013

‘Stop mining Galilee Basin’, By Bill McKibben, The Australian, 25th Oct 2013

‘Clive Palmer’s interests must be separate from the public interest’, By Katharine Murphy, The Guardian, 10th Oct 2013

‘Mega-mines will have to comply with tough ‘water trigger’ law: Greg Hunt’, By Lenore Taylor, The Guardian, 26th Sept 2013

‘Farmers vs Big Coal’, By Jude Garlick (blog), 24th Sept 2013

”Mega-mines’ in Queensland’s Galilee basin would guzzle water, report says’, By Oliver Milman, The Guardian, 23rd Sept 2013

‘Study stokes farmers’ fear on coalmines’, By Andrew Fraser, The Australian, 23rd Sept 2013

‘Water trigger headache for coal and CSG projects’, Reporter Gregg Borschmann, Breakfast, Radio National, 23rd Sept 2013

‘Legal battle continues over central Queensland coal mine’, PM, Radio National, 18th Sept 2013

‘Capturing something precious: Artists meet at Bimblebox’, By Andrew Beard, Central Queensland News, 13th Sept 2013

‘Palmer’s $6.4b coal project approval sparks Greens anger’, Sydney Morning Herald, 9th Aug 2013

‘Thousands of letters sent to protest creation of mine’, By Owen Jacques, Gatton, Lockyer and Brisbane Valley Stay, 9th May 2013

‘Mine’s 200-year threat to water’, By Bridie Jabour, Sydney Morning Herald, 8th May 2013, p12

‘Reserve under threat from Palmer’s mine’, By Bridie Jabour, Brisbane Times, 7th May 2013

“Can we offset biodiversity losses?‘, By Megan Evans & Martine Maron, The Conversation, 6th May 2013

‘Clive’s mine development could destroy bird’s habitat’, By Owen Jacques, The Ipswich Advertiser, 17th April 2013

‘Waratah Coal wants to swap land for Bimblebox Nature Refuge’, By Andrew Beard, Central Telegraph, 12th April 2013

‘Waratah Coal may need to mine Bimblebox Nature Reserve’, By Owen Jacques, Byron Shire News (also published in The Morning Bulletin, Caboolture News and an abridged version also appeared in the Whitsunday Times), 10th April 2013

‘Nature reserve’s ‘significance’ to be determined: Seeney’, By Owen Jacques, Warwick Daily News, 10th April 2013

‘Galilee Project threatens nature reserve’, By Rosanne Barrett, The Australian, 9th April 2013

Palmer’s CQ China First project edges closer to fruition’, By Owen Jacques, The Ipswitch Advertiser (also published on The Reporter), 9th April 2013

‘Palmer’s $8.1b coal mine forced to make changes’, By Brock Taylor and Paul Robinson, ABC, 9th April 2013

‘Palmer appeases coal mine environmental concerns’, By Brian Williams, Townsville Bulletin, 9th April 2013

‘Minister’s assurances cold comfort for Bimblebox owner’, By Paul Robinson, ABC, 12th December 2012

‘Artists caputure Bimblebox beauty’, Central Queensland News, 21st September 2012

‘Bimblebox fight takes to canvases
‘, By Simon Green, Central Queensland News, 5th September 2012

‘Capturing Bimblebox’
, By Alice Roberts and Paul Robinson, ABC Capricornia 3rd September 2012
‘Rinehart’s Reach’, By Sharona Coutts, The Global Mail, 6th July 2012

‘Sign of the times: AgGrow protests’
, By Simon Green, Central Queensland News, 6th July 2012

‘Standing up in a crowd’
, by Ben Pearson, ABC, 5th June 2012

‘Clive Palmer threatens Bimblebox nature refuge’
, by Mel Barnes, Green Left Weekly, 2nd June 2012

‘Mining is digging the heart out of conservation covenants’, by Vandessa Adams and Katie Moon, The Conversation, 29th May 2012

‘Film takes fight to tycoon’, by Bill Hoffman, Sunshine Coast Daily, 16th May 2012

‘Clive bumbles on Bimblebox’, by Simon Green, Central Queensland News, 16th May 2012

‘Doubt cast over Bimblebox coal mine offset’, by Paul Robinson, ABC, 14th May 2012

‘To boom or not to boom? Mineral resources in the Asian Century’, by Dr Gavin Mudd, The Conversation, 27th April 2012

‘A canary in a coal mine’
, by Kathleen Noonan, Courier Mail, 31st March 2012

‘Bimblebox support boosted by film’, by Simon Green, Central Queensland News, 21st March 2012

‘Bob Katter woos rural vote’, by Tara Mike, Central Queensland News, 21st March 2012

‘Hey Jude in Brisbane’, by Jude Garlick (blog), 21st March 2012

‘LNP may come head to head with Palmer’, by Petrina Berry, 9 News, 19th March 2012

‘The Tussle Between Energy and Ecology Moves to the Australian Outback’ by Andrew Revin, The New York Times, 23rd Nov 2011

‘Rare bird fuels fight over mine’, AAP, The Age Business Day, 23rd Nov 2011

‘Qld nature refuge owner bid to stop mining’ by Laura Harding, Trading Room, 22nd Nov 2011

Palmer’s mine plan abhorrent: Agforce‘ by By Amy Phillips and Chrissy Arthur, ABC News, 5th Nov 2011

‘Backflip on land conservation agreement angers landholders’ by Amy Phillips, ABC Rural, 5th Nov 2011

‘The finch that ate Clive…’ by Annabel Crabb, The Drum, ABC, 21st Oct 2011

‘Bird may halt Palmer mine project’, ABC, 21st Oct, the original audio report and the full transcript

‘Fight to save refuge from coal mine’ by Tony Moore,  Brisbane TimesSydney Morning HeraldThe AgeThe Canberra Times, 21st Oct

A sample of articles on the bird that ‘threatens’ the mine, from: Trading RoomAdelaide Now, 21st Oct 2011

‘Anger as Palmer mine threatens nature refuge’ by Matt Wordsworth, ABC, 20th Oct 2011

‘Waratah to wipe out Bimblebox’, Shift Miner Magazine, 28th Sept 2011

‘$8.3b coal plan eats into nature refuge’ by Simon Green, Central Queensland News, 28th Sept 2011

‘The mines are coming to quiet Alpha’ by Simon Green, Central Queensland News, 28th Sept 2011

‘Waratah Coal Galilee Basin project’s mark on landscape ‘irreversible”
 by John McCarthy, Courier Mail, 27th Sept 2011

‘Threat to nature refuge: owner pleads with mining magnate’,  Morning Bulletin, 20th November, 2010.  (Based on a longer article by Simon Green which ran as the page one lead of the Central Queensland News on November 19, 2010).


Longreach Leader’s ‘Galilee Basin News’ June 25th 2010

The Longreach Leader’s new publication, the ‘Galilee Basin News’, has provided an invaluable opportunity for the community to engage in dicussion about the imminent mega-developments in central-western Queensland. The editors are encouraging the exposure of news and views regarding both the positive and negative consequences on the people and land in the Alpha region. If it wasn’t for this paper, this kind of forum simply wouldn’t exist – strange considering the scale of the impact the region is due to experience in the coming decades. This in itself is probably a reflection of how little power the community has when it comes to these so called ‘state significant’ projects.

The first edition of the Galilee Basin News in late June 2010 featured a number of important articles, and we thank the editor for permission to post a couple here. ‘Mines in the making near Alpha‘ displays a map and overview of the four projects currently planned. ‘Environmental concerns over mega coal mines‘ focusses on Bimblebox and the environmental impacts likely for the broader region. (Note that rather than being ‘restored to native vegetation’, Bimblebox actually hosts 95% remnant, that is uncleared, native vegetation.)

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