The Queensland government has made its decision on the fate of a controversial coal mine in the Styx Basin between Mackay and Rockhampton.

Christopher Loveday, Director of Technical Services and Assessment Services for the Department of Environment and Science, wrote that while the project would make a significant contribution to the state’s economy, it posed a number of significant risks.

The director believed that the project presented a number of “unacceptable risks” due to the location of the proposed mine and the lack of effective mitigation measures implemented by Clive Palmer’s Central Queensland Coal Pty Ltd. suggested, improperly managed, or avoided.

“The project poses a number of significant risks due to its location, particularly due to its proximity to key environmental assets including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage Site, Broad Sound Fish Habitat Area, Tooloombah Creek, Deep Creek and the Styx Estuary and associated groundwater resources and groundwater-dependent ecosystems, “wrote Loveday.

“It is these risks, along with potential impacts on other matters such as land, flora and fauna, air, noise, litter, cultural heritage, social, economic, and transportation (including significant infrastructure including the Bruce Highway) that I have been looking for. And.” received advice from submitters, relevant agencies and independent experts during the EIS process. ”

The report said the proponent made a significant number of changes to the mine plan, such as: B. More containment and prevention measures, an adaptive management approach and other measures.

“Taking into account all the relevant information, I have found that the overall project poses a number of unacceptable risks and that the proposed project is not suitable. Therefore, I do not consider the project suitable to proceed,” the report said.

The project has been in the pipeline since at least 2016 and has been under increasing pressure from environmental groups over the past 12 months. Rallies against the project recently took place in Yeppoon and Brisbane.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society and Lock the Gate Alliance both celebrated the DES director’s decision. Lock the Gate Alliance spokeswoman in Queensland, Ellie Smith, called on Environment Secretary Sussan Ley to reject the project.

“Sussan Ley must now heed the advice of the Queensland Department of Environment and reject Clive Palmer’s proposal once and for all,” she said.

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