Australia’s iron ore mine boom is not coming to an end
Labor is calling on the Federal Government to stop the planned $2.5 billion iron ore mining expansion in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, arguing it is fuelling the region’s boom.
The mining expansion is set to bring the total number of iron ore mines in the region to a record $10 billion, which could be worth more than $200 billion to the economy.
But Labor has also called on the Government to consider how to mitigate risks to the state’s water supplies, particularly from the expansion.
Key points:Queensland’s Iron Ore Mining Industry is expected to bring $10bn in gross revenue to Queensland in 2020-21[i]Mr Turnbull says he is committed to protecting the environment, including Queensland’s environmentMr Turnbull told the ABC’s Lateline program that he was committed to Queensland’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and to ensuring that Queenslanders had a voice in the development of their own water resources.
“I will not tolerate a new coal mine in a water-stressed region.
I will not permit an expansion in the Galilee basin.
I’m committed to keeping the environment in Queensland,” he said.
The Prime Minister has been under pressure to address the risks posed by the proposed expansion, with Mr Turnbull warning the region was “at risk” of “a catastrophic” loss of water supplies if it went ahead.
Queenslanders have already warned that if they don’t get the expansion underway, the Government will have to consider other options.
“If you’re not going to make sure Queenslanders have the confidence that the water we drink is safe, you’re going to lose water,” Mr Turnbull said.
“You’re not only going to have a situation where you’re getting coal in a way that is unsustainable, but you’re also going to be at risk of catastrophic loss of that water supply.”
He also suggested that Queensland needed to look at alternative energy sources such as wind power, solar, and hydrogen.
“There are other ways of producing energy.
There are other options out there, but the fact is there are a number of alternatives out there,” Mr Trudeau said.’
The Government must look at other options’The Opposition has been calling for a review of the mining project, saying it would lead to the loss of “critical water supplies”.
“If we are not going along with this expansion, we’re going down the wrong path.
It’s going to cost our children’s future,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a statement.”
It’s going the wrong way.
It will not protect the environment.
It won’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
It can’t protect the people of Queensland.”‘
I don’t believe we can afford to lose our water’The Premier said she would support the review if it included the state government.
“We don’t need to do that.
I believe we need to look into alternative alternatives to coal mining,” Ms PalasZczuk told the Lateline programme.”
The Government should consider other alternatives.
I don’t think we can sustainably run a coal-fired power station and expect to meet our water demands.””
I don, and will, do everything in my power to ensure the State Government doesn’t do that.”