Springborg denies coal development in Southern Downs

Local LNP Member Lawrence Springborg has categorically denied any rumours of development of an open cut mine through the Warwick and Inglewood regions.

He says, “I’m not aware of any, and we’ve got prime agriculture legislation in place and that actually protects that prime agricultural land from any open cut mining disturbance anyway which covers many parts of my electorate.”

“Even if someone were to put in an application, I’m not aware of any.”

His comments come in response to speculation that 20 open cut mines could be underway across the region.

The area is said to be protected by The Regional Planning Interests Act.

Passed in June 2014, the Act outlines the current government’s commitment to manage the impact of resource activities and other regulated activities on areas of the State that contribute, or are likely to contribute, to Queensland’s economic, social and environmental prosperity.

Minister Springborg says, “there’s been a few radio conspiracies around at the moment…there’s no validity because I’m not aware of one single proposal for a coal mine in my electorate.”