EDO Qld has made a submission on the North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability and Another Act Amendment Bill 2013.
Evan Hamman of EDO Qld advised a Parliamentary Committee that the North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability and Another Act Amendment Bill 2013 is contrary to fundamental legislative principles and that the mining company SIBELCO should be required to publicly advertise a draft of their proposed environmental authority for objection as is usual practice.
Clive Palmer and Hancock Coal are required to go through the public notification and objection processes for proposed mines - SIBELCO should too.
The point of the public objection process is so communities can raise any environmental, social or economic issues they might have with proposed mines and have these debated free of media spin in open court, possibly leading to stricter conditions on the mine. For example in the Alpha Land Court case, community groups engaged independent experts to debate major groundwater impacts in open court.
The North Stradbroke Bill is effectively ‘special legislation’ that removes any potential community rights of objection to extension of mining on North Stradbroke Island.
This precious island, loved by Queenslanders, has wetlands of international significance, vulnerable wildlife and the unique Blue Lake.