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FOSI Newsletter, Issue #73, December 2015

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FOSI Newsletter, Issue #73, December 2015In this issue The Sand Mining Repeal BillCouncil Progress on Point Lookout ReserveFox action gets results.Sea turtles nesting on StraddieSummer guideShorebirds in the news for all the wrong reasons!UpdatesThe Sand Mining Repeal BillThe long awaited Bill to repeal the Newman amendments to the 2011 Bligh Government’s North Stradbroke sand mining legislation was introduced into parliament on 3 December. The Bill, if passed, will restore the 2019 end date for the “Enterprise” sand mine and impose a restricted mine path of 344 hectares. The Bill was immediately referred by the government to a parliamentary committee, for further consideration. It is to report to parliament by 31 March, 2016. The Bill will then be debated and voted on.  The closing date for submissions is 29 February. BackgroundIn April 2011 the Bligh government extended mining at the Enterprise mine to December, 2019 but restricted it to 198 hectares.  Three months later it increased…

FOSI Newsletter, Issue #72, September 2015

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FOSI Newsletter, Issue #72, September 2015

In this issue Premier to protect Straddie environment from sand miningMinjerribah’s sandy wallabiesCouncil Orange TapeThe Eastern Long-Necked TurtleUpdates

Premier Palaszczuk to protect Straddie environment from sand mining
A 2019 end to sand mining has been confirmed by the Palaszczuk Government In January this year the Labor party promised that, if elected, it would “immediately repeal the disgraceful North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability Act Amendment Act 2013“. The promised repeal is now overdue. But for the first time, Premier Palaszczuk has personally publicly confirmed that her government will end sand mining in 2019. Newman Government’s controversial changesThe Newman Government amendments controversially allowed for a further extension of sand mining to occur in 2019 and also removed a 2011 restricted mine path of 337 hectares, permitting land clearing and the destruction of at least an additional seven square kilometres of…