It may be too late for Moranbah: Marshall
MORANBAH homeowners may not be protected under the State Government’s mining exploration ban.
The 100 hectare Belyando Estate, which borders two sides of the resource town, is subject to a Mineral Development Licence which Isaac Mayor Cedric Marshall said could be too far established for the State Government to overturn.
An MDL permits a company the right to develop a mine and Cr Marshall said the future of the town was uncertain due to the lack of policy details.
“They (the State Government) wouldn’t enforce the ban on that land now because it’s too far down the track,” Cr Marshall said.
“They’re well within the 2km buffer and it’s on our land.”
Cr Marshall called for the State Government to reveal the consultation process undertaken when forming the Restricted Area policy.
“This is something that is going to start a lot of debate and discussions are needed to see how it applies to our towns,” he said.
“Local government meetings passed a resolution calling for a 10km buffer so a discussion with the State Government about how it decided on 2km is needed, I think.”
A 350-residential development was planned for the Belyando Estate before the then Local Government Minister Desley Boyle overturned the decision in November, 2005.
Cr Marshall said the impact of the Restricted Area policy on the MDL near Moranbah left the town’s future uncertain, as well as for other urban areas.
Small towns such as Alpha and Jericho, he said, faced an uncertain future and he said the State Government needed to investigate how the 2km buffer would apply to those areas.
“What if a company wants to come and do exploration that isn’t within the (buffer) but want to use the town for their employees?” Cr Marshall said.