The Fairbairn Dam overflows with the floodwater of Central Queensland this week. Photo Contributed
The Fairbairn Dam overflows with the floodwater of Central Queensland this week. Photo Contributed Contributed

Adani only one mine threatening CQ environment long term

THE Capricorn Conservation Council has welcomed the Federal Court's decision to overturn the Adani Carmichael mine proposal in the Galilee Basin.

However, the CCC says there are six other mines threatening the Central Queensland environment long-term.

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CCC coordinator Michael McCabe said the Federal Minister (at the time of approval) has failed to recognise Adani's lack of threatened reptile management plans and the proposal had numerous other environmental hazards.

"The proposed Carmichael Mine is just one of six mega mines proposed for the 500-kilometre long Galilee Basin coal reserves," he said.

"If they all proceeded, the fragile desert uplands would be left with hundreds of kilometres of stream diversions, sterile waste dumps and unfilled mine pits."

Mr McCabe said the Galilee Basin coal seams lie along the recharge aquifer for the Great Artesian basin, the life blood of natural systems and food production for Central Australia.

"Independent reports indicated the potential harm to the quality and quantity of water intake to the Great Artesian.

"Adani by estimated they would require 12 billion litres of water per year to operate the mine. This water would have to be extracted from groundwater essential for sustaining life and agriculture. Other Galilee basin Mines have sought to buy-out irrigation licences from the Fairbairn Dam.

"The intractable problems of mine water management in the Fitzroy system would be extended to the second largest river feeding into the Great Barrier Reef, the Burdekin."

He said there were also atmosphere concerns and concerns about the impact on rivers and streams in Central Queensland.


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