Council gives Moura Coal facility green light after Coordinator General threatens to use “step in” powers

Published: May 30, 2014

The Banana Shire Council has approved a massive coal loading facility on the outskirts of Moura after the Queensland Coordinator General threatened to exert “step in” powers and make the decision himself to “fast track” the proposal, stripping the local community of its appeal rights.

Public comment on the project closed on April 30 and the Coordinator General’s deadline for a decision by the council was today, leaving the council with just four weeks to assess widespread community concern about the project.

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New data shows coal mining pollution has doubled in a decade

Published: May 28, 2014

The nation’s air quality has declined dramatically in the past decade and coal mining has been identified as the biggest source of harmful respiratory particles in our air, a new federal government report finds.

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Morningside residents vote unanimously to go coal dust free

Published: May 24, 2014

Morningside residents today voted unanimously to demand coal wagons and coal stockpiles be covered so their suburb can be coal dust free.

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Jondaryan monitoring confirms health fears from coal

Published: May 23, 2014

Residents of Jondaryan now have on-line access to hourly pollution readings, after more than three years lobbying by the community groups Oakey Coal Action Alliance (OCAA) and Clean Air Queensland (CAQ), their members and supporters.

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Seeney backflips on promise to protect landholders from multiple coal rail line developments

Published: May 22, 2014

Lock the Gate has called on Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, to end the deceit after he announced, yesterday his support for three rail lines connecting the coal mines in the Galilee Basin to Abbot Point, reversing his promise of June 2012 to limit rail developments to two lines.

"Jeff Seeney promised only two lines in June 2012 in response to widespread concern about the impact of multiple rail proposals on grazing properties, wildlife and horticulture throughout Central Queensland," said Ellie Smith, Central Queensland Coordinator for the Lock the Gate Alliance.

 

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