Conservation groups have called on the Liberal National Party to make its position clear regarding the future of sand mining on Minjerribah North Stradbroke Island.
LNP Leader Tim Nicholls released a statement on Monday pledging $10 million towards job creation and economic development on the island, whilst claiming the local community was “nearly destroyed” by a so-called shut down of sand mining.
LNP Oodgeroo candidate and sitting MP Mark Robinson also recently made public comments about the 2019 deadline for sand mining on the Island which suggested the matter was not settled in the minds of the LNP.
An alliance of conservation groups, including the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, The Wilderness Society, Australian Conservation Foundation, conservationists on the island, and the Queensland Conservation Council, have called on the LNP to clarify its position on sand mining.
“MInjerribah North Stradbroke Island needs a clear sustainable future, one that takes it past sand mining and into tourism, nature protection, land management and new economic opportunities”, said Dr Tim Seelig head of the Queensland Conservation Council.
“In that context, we believe Mr Nicholls and the LNP need to come clean on their position on the end of sand mining.
“Voters across South East Queensland who visit Minjerribah and enjoy its natural and cultural wonders deserve to know where they stand.
“Local Labor and Greens candidates have stated they will not change current legislation which ends mining in 2019. We hope that there is now bi-partisan, cross-party support for a post-mining economy for Minjerribah.
“This is also a great opportunity for the LNP to back in the role of Indigenous Rangers on Minjerribah and the broader transition of the Island economy to a sustainable future.
“The pledge of $10 million towards job creation on the island by the LNP is welcome if it is on top of the $28 million already budgeted by the Palaszczuk government for economic transition, and Labor’s new additional $11m in transition commitment.
“But the LNP’s commitment only makes sense if it is part of an acceptance that sand mining will end in 2019.”
Queensland Conservation Council Coordinator Dr Tim Seelig
Mr Des Boyland Wildlife Queensland
Dr Jan Aldenhoven local resident and conservationist