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Stop mining on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Terri Irwin
1638 Steve Irwin Way

Total Signatures - 631

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 11/09/2012

Closing Date: 11/03/2013

Tabled Date: 19/03/2013

Responded By: Hon Andrew Cripps MP on 2/04/2013

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

The petition of the residents of the State of Queensland draws to the attention of the House that the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve (SIWR), a 330,000 acre property in Queensland's Cape York Peninsula, is being threatened by strip mining. The SIWR is a wetland conservation property and tribute to Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, and is home to a set of important spring fed wetlands which provide a critical water source to threatened habitat, provide permanent flow of water to the Wenlock River, and is home to rare and vulnerable plants and wildlife. Cape Alumina Pty Ltd has lodged mining lease applications which include approximately 30,300 acres of the SIWR. The proposed area for mining on the SIWR contains the head waters of irreplaceable waterways and unique biodiversity which will not recover after mining operations are finished.


Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to ask the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines to ensure that no mining applications are granted on any part of the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve (SIWR).