Cape coal plan gets red light
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.