Seeney says exclusion zone decision in hands of Broe
A PETITION calling for a 10km mining exclusion zone around the township of Taroom have earned a lukewarm response from Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney.
It raised concerns about health risks and other impacts to be caused by an open-cut mine slated for within 3km of the town - about 300km south-west of Rockhampton.
The mine causing the concern was not mentioned but is understood to be Cockatoo Coal's North Surat- Taroom Coal project worth $1.12 billion.
The enormous project would create 1000 jobs during construction and 500 once operating.
The 459 signatures were not enough to move the Deputy Premier, who said any decision was in the hands of Queensland Coordinator-General Barry Broe.
"Should the Coordinator-General determine that there is a need for a buffer zone around the coal mining operations for environmental or social impact reasons, this condition would be stated in the evaluation report and would become a condition of developing the project," Mr Seeney wrote in the response.
Those on the petition should aim to be part of the community consultation on the project, Mr Seeney said.