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A rapidly growing alliance of indigenous people, local and regional community groups and organizations are calling on the State Government to end sand mining on the island.

The destruction of the island’s natural assets was graphically shown in the Saturday Courier-Mail.

This devastation could be stopped tomorrow by the State Government as mining is occurring on expired mining leases.

The Government currently has before it a number of applications to renew mining on expired mining leases on the island. A number of groups today called on the State Government to end destruction and protect the island’s fragile sand environment by declining to renew these leases and cancel unexpired leases as the Goss Government did at Shoalhaven in the 1990’s.

“ North Stradbroke Island (NSI) is the ONLY sand island off the south-east coast of Queensland which is not protected against the environmental devastation of sand mining,” said a spokesperson for the group Jackie Cooper.

“Mining leases on NSI were granted in a bygone era –
politically, by a Bjelke-Petersen national party Government with, presumably, very different attitudes to the environment;
culturally, when public perception of and attitudes to mining in fragile environments were quite different;
geographically, when NSI was much further from the major population centres. Redlands was still a rural area yet to undergo urbanization and Brisbane was of much smaller dimensions. Now it is on the door step of a substantial population which is ever increasing.”

Successive ALP governments have been proposing extensive national parks on NSI since 1990. In that time, the population of greater Brisbane has more than doubled, and there is an urgent need for green space and more national parks as identified in the Queensland Government Q2 – 2020 vision for Queensland. See:
http://www.thepremier.qld.gov.au/tomorrow/environment/index.aspx and
http://www.thepremier.qld.gov.au/tomorrow/environment/land_conservation.aspx

This State Government recognizes the importance of North Stradbroke Island to the SEQ community. They also recognize that North Stradbroke Island supports many natural values that can underpin long term sustainable job opportunities such as those generated by tourism.

With so many expired mining leases, mining operations scaling back and jobs going there is now a unique opportunity for the government to act.
The State Government has the power to end the destruction. It’s time for the State Government to act and save these many values before it’s too late.

Contact:

Jackie Cooper, President, Stradbroke Island Management Organization Inc
Sue Ellen’s, President, Friends of Stradbroke Island Inc
Darren Burns, Quandamooka Lands Council 2009

Supporters:
QLD Conservation Council – contact Simon Baltais
Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland

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