Cape bauxite miner to meet Seeney over mining ban

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013

Resource company Cape Alumina, which stopped work on a major bauxite mine on far north Queensland's Cape York, will meet Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney about the impact of new environmental restrictions proposed for the region.

Cape Alumina has spent more than $20 million on its Pisolite Hills venture on western Cape York, which the State Government previously declared a "significant project".

The company suspended work on the $1.2 billion project after the Government declared the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in Cape York as Queensland's first strategic environmental area.

Submissions on the plan close in March and it is expected to be finalised mid next year.

Cape Alumina says it is still considering legal action over the State Government decision.

The company says it is hoping a meeting with Mr Seeney and his advisers this afternoon will clarify how the Draft Cape York Regional Plan, released at the same time, will affect its Bauxite Hills project, north of Mapoon.

A Cape Alumina spokesman say a preliminary draft given to the Cape York regional planning committee earlier this year indicated mining could still happen at Pisolite Hills subject to an environmental impact statement.

But a ban on strip mining was added before it was released for public comment late last month.

The spokesman says compensation and the potential to sue the State Government are still live issues.

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