Cape coal plan gets red light

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A CON­TRO­VER­SIAL Cape York coal mine pro­ject is dead in the wa­ter af­ter fall­ing foul of plans to save the Great Bar­rier Reef.

The State Gov­ern­ment has de­cided not to al­low pro­po­nents of the Wongai coal mine at Princess Char­lotte Bay fur­ther time to fin­ish an en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment. State De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter An­thony Lyn­ham said the pro­posal was fast- tracked un­der the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment in 2012 and given a 12- month ex­ten­sion last year.

Although the $ 500 mil­lion Wongai plan was de­clared a sig­nif­i­cant pro­ject un­der the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment, this was at odds with state and fed­eral poli­cies that no new ports be built out­side the ex­ist­ing five al­ready in Great Bar­rier Reef World Her­itage Area.

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