Clive Palmer's Qld Nickel refinery is located 25km north-west of Townsville. It’s crucial this industrial site is carefully managed now, and ultimately decommissioned and rehabilitated, so as to protect our precious Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
The latest alarming news (January 2016) is that Qld Nickel is in voluntary administration. 237 workers have lost their jobs. Voluntary administration has also raised the spectre that in the future Queensland Nickel might run out of money to manage and rehabilitate the site including the huge tailings dam.
And know what? No financial assurance from Queensland Nickel at all was required by the Qld Government to secure the clean-up if Queensland Nickel ever went into liquidation.
Outrageously, Queenslanders are currently left with the costs of cleaning up 15,000 abandoned mine sites where the companies (not Queensland Nickel) went broke. If Queensland Nickel ever went into liquidation, would you want the public purse to be asked to stretch even further, to pay for clean-up or environmental management of the Queensland Nickel site??
We say the State government needs to make every effort to ensure Queensland Nickel, or owner Clive Palmer, bear the cost of managing and rehabilitating the site to protect our precious Great Barrier Reef.
If, like me, you are feeling outraged at the lack of financial assurances from Queensland Nickel, please sign this petition.
Jo Bragg, CEO and Solicitor, EDO Qld
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk & Great Barrier Reef Minister Steven Miles, we urge you to:
- ensure Queensland Nickel, or owner Clive Palmer, bears the cost of managing and ultimately decommissioning and rehabilitating the Queensland Nickel refinery site to protect the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area; and
- revise Queensland laws and policies on financial assurances or bonds, to ensure that all major projects (not just mines) are required to have ample financial assurances or bonds, to protect our environment and to safeguard the public purse.