Posted by: Colin Battersby | May 21, 2010

Sand mining company proposes expanding Stradbroke national parks – ABC News Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Sand mining company proposes expanding Stradbroke national parks

By Stephanie Smail

The sand mining company Unimin is calling for large areas of Stradbroke Island off Brisbane to be declared national park as soon as possible.The company has mining leases over about 45 per cent of the island, off Brisbane.

Unimin spokesman Paul Smith says new national parks would benefit residents, and traditional owners, who have an unresolved native title claim on the island.

Mr Smith says there are a lot of conflicting views about how the land should be used.”We’re saying that you can actually turn large amounts of it over to national parks now and still maintain a dialogue and working out what we’re going to do with the remainder of the island,” he said.”National park in the island presently is only two per cent so even increasing that tenfold is not going to be a significant issue on the island.

“Stradbroke Island Management Organisation spokeswoman Dr Jan Aldenhoven says the plan will not protect some of the most pristine parts of the island. She says mining will continue even if some parts of the island are declared national park.

“Im very wary of any announcement of national park which is a sort of half measure,” she said.”If that’s going to be an announcement that disguises the fact that mining will continue on in some of the really important high dune country on the island then I’m extremely wary.”

via Sand mining company proposes expanding Stradbroke national parks – ABC News Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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