$1.2b bauxite mine shelved
1 February 2011,
Environmentalists are praising the State Government’s decision to include a 500m buffer of protection around Cape York’s Coolibah Springs, but Cape Alumina Limited (CBX) managing director Paul Messenger argues the land is not unique at all. He talks to Brisbane Business News about what he believes is the Government’s disregard for independent scientific research, the concerns of local Indigenous elders and why a $1.2 billion bauxite project is now under review.
How do you rate the ‘heritage’ status given to the area?
What environmental plans did you have planned for management of the area’s ecosystem?
With indigenous lawyer Noel Pearson launching a high court challenge over the decision, how do you feel about the level of consultation given to the Aboriginal people about the legislation?
What level of investment has Cape Alumina put into the Pisolite Hills bauxite mine thus far?
So what’s your backup plan?
You’ve also called on the Queensland Government to once again call for tenders for the development of the Aurukun bauxite deposits in western Cape York. What’s the process there?