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Newman outlines mad plan to
industrialise Cape York
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Queensland needs to protect the precious few pristine wild rivers left in the
world Plan dispenses with Wild River protections & undermines World Heritage
nomination Plan opens Cape up for at least 8 new mines, dams and land clearing
Conservationists have branded the Cape York
Statutory Regional Plan a blueprint for the Newman Government dream to
industrialise the region.
Wilderness Society Northern Australia
Campaigner Gavan McFadzean warned that the plan, unveiled today, scraps Wild
River protections and places under threat areas that earlier this year were
assessed as World Heritage standard.
“The Cape York Statutory Regional Plan is
nothing but a blueprint for destroying World Heritage landscapes with mining and
insane agricultural schemes,” said Northern Australia Campaigner Gavan McFadzean
“This Queensland Government wants to open
up the most sensitive waterways and landscapes to mining, dams and land clearing
on an unprecedented scale. "Cape York’s World Heritage quality landscapes are
given lip service while approvals for new dams and mines are rushed through.
Under this plan only 16 per cent of Cape
York’s World Heritage quality landscapes will be preserved, ignoring the huge
employment and economic opportunities that come with World Heritage protection.
"Queensland has some of the precious few
pristine wild rivers left in the world, and it is our responsibility to treasure
and protect them.
“The Wenlock is one of four rivers to have
its Wild River status removed.
The Wenlock River has more freshwater fish
species than any other river in Australia and is the lifeblood for the tall
eucalypt woodlands, the western Cape’s few remaining pockets tropical
rainforests and the Steve Irwin Nature Reserve, which John Howard set up in
memory to a great Australian conservationist.
“All large-scale northern Australian
irrigation projects have been expensive spectacular failures, with $1.3 billion
wasted on the Ord. Cape York is now following the same flawed development model.
“The consultation on this plan thus far has
been a joke, limited to a few people, powerful local vested interests and mining
Yet Traditional Owners have spent the last
three years consulting over whether to embrace a World Heritage nomination over
their country. This plan rides roughshod over the aspirations of Traditional
Owners in Cape York.”