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Environment

Aug 11, 2020
Bill paves way for first rehabilitation commissioner

Bill paves way for first rehabilitation commissioner

Legislation has passed to establish Queensland’s first mining industry rehabilitation commissioner. The measure was part of the Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (EPOLA Bill), which the State Government says will further improve Queensland’s mine rehabilitation framework and improve financial assurance outcomes for the State’s resources sector. “This Bill is the ne...

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Aug 06, 2020
Fitzroy Basin scores a ‘B’ for waterway health

Fitzroy Basin scores a ‘B’ for waterway health

The ecological health of the waterways of the Fitzroy Basin has received a ‘B’ on its latest report card. The catchment area is home to scores of coal mines as well as farming interests. According to the annual Fitzroy Partnership for River Health Report Card, the ecological health of the waterways improved in the 2018-19… ...

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Aug 06, 2020
New protocols to tackle tailings risks

New protocols to tackle tailings risks

A newly released Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management will help support the safe management of tailings facilities around the world, says the Minerals Council of Australia. The new industry protocols come 18 months after the tailings dam disaster at the Corrego do Feijão mine in Brazil that killed 270 people. They were developed through… ...

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Aug 05, 2020
Satellite access to improve environmental monitoring

Satellite access to improve environmental monitoring

An app selected for a $4.2 million Google Earth program will enable citizen scientists to use satellite data to monitor environmental change.   An online remote sensing application developed by James Cook University’s Dr Nicholas Murray was selected to join the international Group on Earth Observations (GEO) – Google Earth Engine (GEE) partnership to improve access… ...

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Jul 27, 2020
Scheme to tackle emission reduction in supply chains

Scheme to tackle emission reduction in supply chains

Major mining and gas players are among the Australian industry heavyweights signing up to scheme to work towards net zero emissions in supply chains. BHP, Woodside, BlueScope Steel, BP Australia, Orica, APA Group, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group and Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers – which together represent 14 per cent of Australian industrial emissions –… ...

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Jul 23, 2020
Team effort keeps waterways        in good shape

Team effort keeps waterways in good shape

A collaborative approach by the resources, agricultural and tourism sectors along with governments, conservation groups and Traditional Owners has delivered healthy waterways through the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac regions, the Queensland Resources Council says. QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership report card released today found half ...

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Jul 08, 2020
Approved developments deadline extended

Approved developments deadline extended

In accordance with the applicable event provisions under the Planning Act 2016, the Treasurer and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick MP has extended timeframes for undertaking approved development by six months.This means development approvals in effect on the date of the extension notice or that come into effect between the date of the extension… ...

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Jun 24, 2020
Adani creates huge conservation area

Adani creates huge conservation area

Adani has secured a 30,000-hectare conservation area on its pastoral lease to protect local wildlife, including the black-throated finch, as well as other important species of reptile, plants and birds. Adani Mining chief executive officer Lucas Dow said the conservation area, known as the Moray Downs West Offset Area, was the equivalent in size to… ...

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Jun 18, 2020
Mine site rehabilitation reforms hit Parliament

Mine site rehabilitation reforms hit Parliament

Legislation introduced into Parliament today brings a new suite of Queensland mine rehabilitation regulations and establishment of an independent statutory position of Rehabilitation Commissioner. Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (EPOLA Bill) was the next step in the government’s plan to improve mine rehab...

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