An alternative view on the mining meeting

A letter to the editor of the Queensland Times from Ursula Monsiegneur, Greens Candidate for Ipswich West

QT p22 4/6/2011- ‘Wayne Wendt pledges to stop mining’- WHEN? I was at the meeting in Rosewood on Wednesday 1/June/ 2011 and the extent of Wayne’s involvement was organizing a DEEDI and a DERM rep to give mind-numbing ‘information’ in the form of powerpoint, explaining the hoops a mining company has to go through to get an Exploration Permit for Coal (EPC), a Mining Development License (MDL) and eventual Mining License (ML). Wayne had organized a petition that stated he wanted to change the laws to make the companies more open and consultative, so that they had to notify land holders before EPCs and MDLs were approved. There was nothing in the petition indicating he wanted it stopped. Neither the Government Representatives, nor Wayne Wendt, could elucidate on what the company actually had planned for the area. The DEEDI rep stated that this application was not about coal seam gas mining and that it was highly unlikely that coal mining would be approved. Why would a company spend 45 million dollars, to take out an EPC and an MDL? Surely not just to dig holes in a few paddocks? Wayne Wendt does not have the intention, or ability to, change his parties policies on either coal or coal seam gas. We might feel, or are told, we are a ‘special case’ because these mines are close to residential developments. But, the people at Tara, and Acland, and many other places in Australia were not consulted and are now host to mining companies destroying their properties. And don’t bother going off to the Liberal Party to ‘voice your concerns’ they support the Labor Parties policies on mining. The only party not accepting donations from the developers and mining companies, and with a clear stand against new coal mines and coal seam gas, is the Greens.

* Ms Monsiegneur sent a copy of her letter to the QT to the Marburg and Districts Residents’ Association. It is posted here as an alternative viewpoint on the mining discussion. All opinions expressed in it are Ms Monsiegneur’s own and not those of the MDRA.

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Community meeting on coal mining exploration permits

A community meeting will be held at the RSL Hall, Mill Street, Rosewood on Wednesday, 1st June 2011 at 6.30pm.

This meeting has been arranged by Wayne Wendt, State Member for Ipswich West with departmental representatives who will be able to provide information about exploration applications and permits, and to answer any questions that residents may have.

Please confirm your attendence by contacting Wayne’s office on 3813 0074 or by email: ipswich.west@parliament.qld.gov.au

Update on exploration permits in Marburg area

The Queensland Times carried an article recently on coal exploration permits in this and surrounding areas.

Wayne Wendt, the state MP for Ipswich West is in the process of arranging a meeting with relevant departmental representatives to discuss the issues of mining exploration permits. Details of the meeting will be posted here as soon as they are available.

Don’t forget that you can approach Wayne directly with questions either by telephone 3813 0074 or 1800 814 856 or via email: Ipswich.West@parliament.qld.gov.au

Please bear in mind that what we are seeking is information and transparency in order to have local input before decisions are made. Once permits are granted, land access laws take effect. Click here for information on Queensland’s Land Access Laws.

As always, you can click on highlighted words for links to relevant sites and documents.

A press release from Wayne Wendt, State MP for Ipswich West

Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt has requested that the Queensland
Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe organise for a senior departmental
officer to meet with the community and answer questions about mining
activity in the area.

Mr Wendt said that after being contacted by constituents about mining
exploration being carried out in the Marburg, Grandchester and Rosewood
areas this week, he had asked the Minister to organise the meeting as
soon as possible.

He said he wanted to make sure the community had their questions heard
and answered.

“What I’m fighting for is a balanced outcome for this community,” Mr
Wendt said.

“Mining has a 100-year history in this part of the world and I’ve been
told that there have not been any changes to legislation or regulations
that should alarm the community.

“But if people have questions, I want to see them answered.”

Mr Wendt said he had been reassured by the Minister that mining
exploration gave a company permission to explore only and not dig
minerals out of the ground.

He said there were also mineral development licences in the area which
been valid for up to 18 years and did not give a company permission to
mine.

“I’ve been reassured that if commercially viable deposits are found,
there is a strict and rigorous process that companies must go through
before they are granted permission to mine and that is by no-means
guaranteed,” he said.

“Environmental and social impacts are always considered and there is a
chance for public input.

“I’ve also been reassured that landholder protections are in place
preventing exploration near places like homes, dams, churches, schools
and permanent stockyards.

“There are strict requirements in place that make it necessary for
companies to work with landholders and gain conduct and compensation
before advanced exploration activities like drilling are carried out.”

Strategic Cropping Land protections are also currently being considered
by this Government which aims to protect the most valuable cropping land
in our state.

Don’t forget to vote!

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Saturday 21 March 2009, is the Queensland State General Election.

Marburg and Districts are in the electoral district of Ipswich West and the candidates in ballot paper order are:

CLARK, Di – The Greens
WENDT, Wayne – Australian Labor Party
CHOAT, Sean – LNP

Polling booth locations for Ipswich West are numerous. The closest are:

Marburg State School, Louisa Street
Haigslea State School, Haigslea-Thagoona Road
Glamorganvale State School, Glamorganvale-Highway Road
Minden State School, Cnr Warrego Highway and Lowood Road
Rosewood State High School, Lanefield Road

Other locations can be found on the website of the Electoral Commission Queensland or on the reverse side of your enrollment confirmation letter.

Polling booths are open from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm.

The Electoral Commission Queensland helpline is 1300 881 665.