Mine details awaited

THE Mount Morgan Mine is set to benefit from part of $24.2 million in state funding, but it may not be this year.

Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten said $6 million of the total $24.2 million funding commitment would be invested over the year from 2011-2012, with the whole amount being rolled out over four years.

While the old Mount Morgan Mine comes under the abandoned mines program, the government hasn't specified how much money the mine will get or when.

One member of the community eager to see how much the State Government will dedicate is Denis George.

Mr George, a member of Dululu Land Care, studied the toxic discharges of the mine and their impact on the Dee River for decades and earlier this year urged the Rockhampton Regional Council to lobby the government to pour more money into the rehabilitation of the mine.

“The point is we need $3 million to divert water away from the number eight dam, which then will take it away from getting into the pit,” Mr George said.

“But I don't know when they are going to get the money to do that.”

Member for Mirani Ted Malone said he wanted to see a clear dedication of funds to Mt Morgan.

“I'm pleased to see there's ongoing funding, I'm just wondering how much is being allocated to Mt Morgan,” Mr Mirani said.

“At Mt Morgan I would have liked to see a skills centre built at the high school, but that doesn't appear to be happening at all.”

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