Council: No more new coal, CSG mines for Ipswich
THE city built on mining yesterday declared there would be no new mining leases for coal or coal seam gas extraction.
Ipswich City Council yesterday adopted a firm policy blocking any new mine or extension to existing mines in the city.
Planning and Development Committee chairman Paul Tully said coal mining and coal seam gas extraction were incompatible with environmental outcomes, urban growth and the future liveability for Ipswich residents.
"This is quite a significant issue ... given the fact that coal mining commenced in what is now Queensland in 1843 at Redbank," Cr Tully told the council.
"Our position under this policy is not to revoke existing leases, not to close down existing mines but to work with the mining owners and with the state government to ensure that no new leases are granted, no existing leases are extended and that because of the coal seam gas issues ... that no permits or leases or any approvals be granted by the state government within our region."
He said the council would also work in partnership with the state government and coal mining companies to extinguish existing coal mining tenures where possible.
"Coal mining produces significant environmental impacts and is not compatible with urban growth," he said.
"Ipswich City Council will help facilitate the transition of those still involved in mining and supports the rehabilitation of mined land to a standard that is suitable for reuse as urban or rural purposes."
Cr Tully said there had been a lot of community angst across the country on the rights of miners to come on to individuals' properties.
"In relation to any future for coal seam gas the policy identifies the largely untested nature of coal seam gas extraction and impacts on the environment," he said.
Rosewood-based councillor David Pahlke, who has been calling for a sunset clause on mining from Toowoomba to the coast for more than five years, said times were changing for the industry.
"I sense that the current State Government and New Hope Mines are willing to talk about reviewing all mining leases as they come up for renewal," Cr Pahlke said. "It would appear that we can now have a sensible discussion on relinquishment of leases and then ultimately extinguishment."