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Sand mining report to go to Parliament

Report due: The Finance and Administration Committee is expected to report on its inquiry next Tuesday. Photo: Robert RoughA report on proposed legislation toendsand mining on North Stradbroke Island is due to be submitted to the Queensland Parliament nextTuesday.
Nanjing Night Net

The report is based on a Finance and Administration Committee inquiry into two bills.

The inquiry was extended last monthto includea draft economic transition strategy and worker transition plans.

One bill, introduced by Dalrymple MP Shane Knuth in October, proposes sand mining ceaseby the end of 2024, but allows for rehabilitation until the end of 2029.

The other bill, introduced by Environment Minister Steven Miles in December,aims to substantially phase out sand mining by 2019.

The committee has received more than2000 submissions andheard from more than100 witnesses plus speakersat public forms.

At a departmental briefing earlier this month, theDepartment of State Development’s Matthew Andrew said an analysis had sought to quantify the direct economic and employment impactsof ending sand mining.

“The analysis found approximately 141 people are employed in sand mining operations on North Stradbroke Island and of these approximately 95 reside on the island,” Mr Andrewsaid.

The draft strategy focused on boosting tourism, education and trainingand the local business sector.

Proposedinitiativesincluded a ferry from Brisbane CBD to North Stradbroke Island and the integration of the island’s public transport with Translink.

Improved pedestrian and cycling trails and infrastructure, expandingthemarket for school camps, field studies and tertiary research, the development of a dayvisitor precinct at Dunwich and the expansion of existing aged-care facilities were also among draft proposals.

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