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Three reasons why the conservationists are worried

Capricorn Conservation Council Co-ordinator Michael McCabe opposes the development of eco tourism resorts in National Parks.
Capricorn Conservation Council Co-ordinator Michael McCabe opposes the development of eco tourism resorts in National Parks. Chris Ison

THREE State Government proposals have the Capricorn Conservation Council concerned and all three are about the quality of the Fitzroy River.

The three proposals are the new mine water discharge program to be trialled this wet season, an idea to create a salinity trading scheme and new guidelines for emergency mine water discharge outlined.

The first two were announced by Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney; and Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell announced in Rockhampton on Thursday.

The third is outlined in the proposed Economic Development Bill 2012, off which a parliamentary committee heard submissions about in Brisbane yesterday. Submitters included the CCC, the Queensland Conservation Council, Save the Reef and the Local Government Association of Queensland.

CCC co-ordinator Michael McCabe said most submitters had the same issues with the proposed bill, including lack of consultation, lack of time for people to read the bill and put in a submission, that the bill was written hastily and there were many things needing changed in it.

He said one issue was the use of the words "emergent" and "emergency", with both having different meanings in the dictionary and there were concerns using "emergent" could provide justification to cover the gradual build-up of water in a mine pit over years and allow for retrospective action to be taken on existing pit water.

The CCC also believes the "financial impact on a company", in the proposed bill, should not be criteria at all.

Concerns

The proposed new mine water discharge program to be trialled this wet season

An idea to create a salinity trading scheme

A proposed bill which has new guidelines for emergency mine water discharge



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