Mining in the Wide Bay Burnett

Coal and Minerals:

The WBBEC does not support the establishment of new open cut and underground extraction of minerals in areas where the extraction will result in adverse impacts to the environment, agricultural sustainability and community health including;

a) areas of High Ecological Significance, particularly habitat for Endangered Vulnerable and Rare species listed under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) on freehold, Local Government, State or Crown Land

b) protected areas such as National Parks and areas of Forestry designated for future inclusion in the protected area estate

c) nature refuges and areas under conservation covenants

d) prime agricultural land (including strategic cropping lands) and agricultural lands  currently under production

e) within catchment areas of river systems

f) within 100km of the Coastal District

g) within 50km of urban areas including small communities


The Wide Bay Burnett Region is currently virtually void of active mines, however, there are many mining activities planned for the region, each with its own set of potential impacts.

The 3 key mining interests that the WBBEC is monitoring are:

Currently only the New Hope Group have an application for a mining lease submitted with the Queensland Government which has been under assessment since 2010. The Colton Coal Project was not granted immediate approval, contrary to the expectations of the former operators Northern Energy Corporation, and has now been under assessment for nearly 4 years owing to the significant constraints they face in terms of ensuring that the operation will effectively mitigate impacts to ground and surface waters and loss of biodiversity in the region.

The Tiaro and Bundaberg Projects remain in the exploration phase.


7 thoughts on “Mining in the Wide Bay Burnett

  1. Hi, can you explain what is the WBEC’s programme to fight this mining proposal, given its impacts related to especially a,b, c, f and g?

  2. Hi John , we lodged a submission to the EMP , opposition to any proposal must be based on science. If you have any science ( data) about those issues , which is new and clearly establishes a significant impact , as defined under the EPBC Act 1999 , we would gladly accept it and review it probono , cheers roger

    1. Hi Roger,
      I am not seeking to add anything. I was hoping to find your submission on your website, in order to understand the issues as your organisation sees it. I couldn’t find it, hence my query. I’m also keen to know if you have any submission to the 10 Year review of the Great Sandy Straits Marine Park, particularly in relation to commercial activities there.
      cheers John

      1. Sorry Roger, typo. Commercial netting activities I meant to write. I have long opposed this strange exception to the normal restrictions which would operate in the Yellow Zones of Marine Parks.

      2. Hi John
        ok, do you have data on species rates and annual take for recreational and netting , in the zones?, bearing in my i have been a rec fisher here since 1974.
        cheers roger

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