News

Caboolture was earmarked for Qld uranium plant by Joh

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Former Queensland Premier visiting the Sunshine Coast.
Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Former Queensland Premier visiting the Sunshine Coast. Sunshine Coast Daily Archives - 21 June 1976

CABOOLTURE was earmarked for a potential uranium plant by the Joh Bjelke-Petersen Government, previously confidential cabinet documents have revealed.

The papers showed that a long-running, secretive investigation into a plant in Australia identified Caboolture as well as Ipswich as notional sites.

The Bjelke-Petersen Government had its vision for uranium exploration in Queensland in full swing in 1982, pitching its interest to be home of an east coast enrichment plant.

The details were revealed in 1982 cabinet minutes, released today under a 30-year disclosure rule.

The cabinet documents reveal the Federal Government in 1980 established the Uranium Enrichment Group of Australia - a group of four mining companies that agreed to undertake a feasibility study into a uranium industry in Australia.

The UEGA put a low priority on Queensland being the home to any plant.

The group submitted Queensland's chances for site selection might be diminished due to other numerous major developments in the state.

After the Bjelke-Petersen Government launched its own assessment on its position on a potential uranium enrichment plant, the group clarified its finding.

Queensland Mines and Energy Minister Ivan Gibbs reported to cabinet that the group had identified notional sites only in the Caboolture and Ipswich-Boonah areas.

Mr Gibbs argued a uranium enrichment plant would provide employment opportunities, greater export value and an incentive for further uranium exploration.

While the selection of a plant site would come down to the Commonwealth, Mr Gibbs argued Queensland should continue to press its claim for the establishment of the industry.

Almost eight months earlier, the Queensland Government had told the Commonwealth it wanted control over dealing with nuclear materials in its state.

In a submission to the Federal Government on the Atomic Energy Act 1953, the Queensland Government argued any new legislation should reflect the state's right to control the minerals.

Topics:  caboolture joh bjelke-petersen uranium



GALLERY: Earth Frequency Festival transforms Ipswich

COMMUNITY VIBE: Earth Frequency Festival, a transformational environmentally friendly event, wraps up at Ivory Rock today. Festivities have been in full swing for four days.

One of Australia's most significant gatherings takes over

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Rugby league clubs eligible for $1.3 million

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said the funding would help grow the next generation of footy stars.

IPSWICH'S NRL clubs could be in for some serious improvements

Local Partners

Why Hollywood’s siding with Brad Pitt over Angelina Jolie

TOWARD the end of last month’s Golden Globes ceremony, the producer of the nominated drama Moonlight made a surprise onstage appearance: Brad Pitt.

Tensions high at pointy end of MKR's round two

Things are really heating up on My Kitchen Rules.

Games are being played around the My Kitchen Rules table

Jungle Jay sent packing from I'm a Celebrity

I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Here! contestant Jay Laga'aia with Keira.

BIG friendly giant Jay Laga'aia has been eliminated from I'm A Celeb

Carson Kressley brings 'camp' to I'm a Celebrity jungle

"I am not all Park Avenue and daffodils” ... Carson Kressley.

Meet the "campest” campmate to star on I'm a Celebrity.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi mystery already solved

FILE- This undated file photo provided by Disney shows Daisey Ridley as Rey, left, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from the film, \"Star Wars: The Force Awakens.\" Hasbro said it is changing its Star Wars Monopoly set after an 8-year-old girl became upset that Rey, the movie's female heroine, was not included as a figure along with Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. (Disney/Lucasfilm via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

A key mystery surrounding the title of episode eight has been solved

Kids' game "full of f**king paedophiles" according to dad

A mortified dad has expressed serious concerns over an online game

Lisa Marie Presley's ex caught with child pics: court

Lisa Marie Presley, at right, and her husband, Michael Lockwood back in 2010. FILE

Lisa Marie, 49, claimed she was left “sick to her stomach”

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

50 more high rise buildings planned for Brisbane CBD

Height limits have been scrapped for Brisbane CBD

800,000 more people expected to work in city over next 20 years

This new property trend is emerging in Ipswich

Darren Boettcher.

Property owners seizing new opportunity

New suburb in the crosshairs of Coast vandals

UNDER WRAPS: Graffiti on art installations at the entrance to the newly opened Bells Creek Arterial Road has been covered up.

Vandal rechristens Stockland as something less than complimentary

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!