News

Group calls for independent inquiry into coal dust pollution

AN action group is calling for an independent inquiry into coal dust as the Government announced testing on the Ipswich line will begin next year.

The Newman government is currently working to finalise a regular air-quality monitoring program, with sites along the Ipswich line to be tested.

A Department of Main Roads spokesman said testing is due to begin early next year with the first results expected mid-2013. The testing sites are yet to be finalised.

Environment Minister Andrew Powell and New Hope have also announced veneering would begin on coal train wagons.

Despite the announcements, Stop Brisbane Coal Trains spokesman John Gordon said an inquiry was needed to examine coal loading practices to its shipment by rail.

"Both the coal industry and the Queensland Government have demonstrated they are incapable of meaningful action regarding these trains," he said.

It's truly like groundhog day to hear all these false promises trotted out time and time again.

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) executive director Andrew Connor said network-wide monitoring is one part of the coal dust management plan.

"The test results found dust levels do not exceed national standards," he said.

"However the EHP is aware that the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Rail are working with industry to install coal dust monitoring equipment at specific locations along the West Moreton train line corridor to monitor coal dust on an ongoing basis."

The management plan includes the rail line and port activities and will provide additional monitoring results over a longer period.

Topics:  coal dust, new hope, stop brisbane coal trains




Ipswich shed rip off merchant caught out again

Home of Paul De Bruin, 16 Corndale Street, Loganholme. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times Image digitally altered.

Former Ipswich shed man up to old tricks

'How do you like the taste of my p**s you dogs'

Ipswich Police Station and Courthouse. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times

He saved his urine in a milk carton

7 times shonky businessman made headlines

Front Page

Former Ipswich shed man up to old tricks

Latest deals and offers

Joe Jonas' 'tough' pals

Joe Jonas' pals are 'tough' with his potential partners

The Bachelor wash up: bacon, plank offs and that white rose

Richie Strahan, second from left, with bachelorettes Eliza, Faith, Noni and Janey in a scene from episode one of the fourth season of The Bachelor.

RICHIE Strahan meets some beautiful, and colourful, bachelorettes.

What's on the big screen this week

Matt Damon in a scene from the movie Jason Bourne.

MATT Damon returnx in the spy thriller Jason Bourne.

Have a laugh with Sydney's best comics

Luke Heggie is appearing at the Ipswich Civic Centre as part of the 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase.

Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase is headed to Ipswich

MOVIE REVIEW: Goldstone sure to become Aussie classic

Aaron Pedersen and Alex Russell in a scene from the movie Goldstone.

DIRECTOR Ivan Sen and Aaron Pedersen reunite for Mystery Road sequel

MOVIE REVIEW: Matt Damon in top form for Jason Bourne return

ON A MISSION: Matt Damon in a scene from the movie Jason Bourne.

LONG-awaited return of spy franchise is wall-to-wall action.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley