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Duty of Care to Block Mine, Minister Says | Blue Mountain Gazette


Environment Minister Sussan Ley is called on to stand up for Australian children and reject a proposed new coal mine for central Queensland.

The Australian Conservation Foundation warns the minister that the Glencore mine producing up to 16 million tonnes of coal per year for 35 years would cause at least 1,344 million tonnes of climate pollution.

The Environmental Defenders Office, acting for the ACF, said a coal mine case brought by schoolchildren has already established that the minister has a duty to take reasonable precautions to avoid causing injury to Australian children and not to contribute to catastrophic climate change.

The Federal Court in May of this year in the Whitehaven Vickery extension case established the new duty of care to avoid causing personal harm to children.

“Climate change is the greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef and coral reefs around the world,” ACF spokesperson Gavan McFadzean said on Thursday.

In the detailed submission seen by the AAP, the EDO calls on the minister to exercise her power under environmental laws to reject Glencore’s proposal.

The veto would be based on the fact that the mine would have unacceptable impacts on issues of national environmental importance – namely that it would accelerate the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef.

In July, the reef narrowly avoided being placed on the “endangered” list.

“There is no room for new coal mines in the third decade of the 21st century,” Mr. McFadzean said.

“We call on Minister Ley to stand up for the reef, endangered species and the future by strongly rejecting this proposal.”

He said the Great Barrier Reef has been hit by three major bleaching events in the space of five years and scientists warn it could be hit again in the coming months.

The proposed mining area is also known to be home to koalas, large gliders and squatting pigeons – all endangered species in Queensland.

Glencore has yet to make a final investment decision in the open-cast metallurgical and thermal coal mine, 27 km northwest of Emerald and 270 km west of Rockhampton, in an agricultural region. key.

Ms Ley’s office has been contacted for comment.

Associated Australian Press