THE State Government will not legislate a ban on mining in the Scenic Rim until at least 2014 despite a pre-election promise from Campbell Newman.
Prior to election Mr Newman told The Queensland Times the energy industry in the Scenic Rim was "inappropriate here full stop".
However, State mining minister Andrew Cripps said the region will not see any official protection for at least two years.
"The LNP Newman Government has investigated a number of options to implement its policy to protect the Scenic Rim," he said.
"We believe the best way to protect it will require amendments to the South East Queensland Regional Plan.
"The SEQ Regional Plan is due for review in 2014."
Mr Cripps stated there were currently no applications for mining leases within the Scenic Rim area and said he retained statutory power to reject an application for a mining lease if it was not considered in the public interest to be granted.
Scenic Rim mayor John Brent said the State Government had given him assurances the State Government would reject any application for a mining lease in the region.
"If someone did find significant resources of some value they must apply for a licence to extract that resource," he said.
"It is my understanding the State Government will not grant that licence.
"I'm fine with the way the law currently sits."
However, at least one mining operation is set to move ahead with its plans in the region.
Allegiance Coal managing director Colin Randall said the company will be looking to begin discussions with landholders regarding exploration for the Mintovale mineral development licence (MDL) in September.
If it discovers enough coal Allegiance is planning an open cut mine at the site south of Boonah.
Mr Randall said no legislation had been introduced to prevent mining in the Scenic Rim.
"We're still operating under the legislation that stands," he said.
"I've read the Queensland legislation and the comments Campbell Newman made prior to the election. At the moment there is no legislation prohibiting mining activity there."
A spokesperson for Campbell Newman declined to comment further.