Council takes a stand over mining
THE Ebenezer Against Mining action group's fight to challenge Zedemar Holding's renewed lease has been bolstered this week with Ipswich City Council formally objecting to the decision.
Council formalised its objection to the renewal of mining lease 4712 to Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe on behalf of Ipswich residents, during Tuesday's council meeting .
The lease is set to become an open-cut coal mine in Ebenezer.
Zedemar Holdings Pty Ltd, which is owned by OGL Resources Ltd, had its lease renewed by the Queensland Government in September, with many local residents appalled by the decision.
Councillor David Pahlke said council and the people of Ipswich deserved a say before the prospect of mining arrived on their doorstep.
He said it was time the Queensland Government included community consultation in the process of renewing mining leases.
"We have had mining in Ipswich for 140 years and the residents are saying the sunset clause is coming, not the sunrise clause," Cr Pahlke said.
"With all mining applications they seem to forget the people."
Cr Pahlke said mining should be banned in areas of urban growth between Toowoomba and the Gold Coast.
An Ebenezer Against Mining spokesperson said a decision on pursuing legal action against the government would be made next week.
The group is waiting on a response from the government and will assess its options.
Cr Pahlke said the government needed to put more emphasis on the human impact of mining before giving it the go ahead.
"It's no longer desirable to accidentally renew leases. Don't think of the coffers, think of the people."
The spokesperson said the impacts of 24-hour mining - including noise, dust and lights - reached beyond Ebenezer.
"Well, it's not only Ipswich. If it goes ahead I think Rosewood will become a ghost town, and Boonah will have its problems."
A spokesperson from OGL said they had nothing further to say.