A range of resources industry figures, environmental and academic experts have been named on a panel to advise the Queensland Government on the allocation of funds to rehabilitate failed mine sites.
Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the advisory committee had been established under the Financial Provisioning Scheme (FPS).
“The Financial Provisioning Scheme Advisory Committee will ensure Queenslanders are not footing the clean up bill at failed resource sites,” she said.
Through the FPS, resource companies contribute to a pooled fund that can be used to address issues at sites where companies have failed to meet their environmental and rehabilitation obligations.
The new committee would provide advice to Government about funding requests from the FPS fund for:
- remediation/rehabilitation activities at land on which an abandoned mine exists; and
- research that may contribute to the rehabilitation of land on which resources activities have been carried out.
The committee will be chaired by Queensland Treasury’ representative Maryanne Kelly.
Committee members include:
Dr Carl Grant – the group head of mine closure planning and environment with Anglo American
Stephen Smyth – Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union District President and member of the CFMEU’s Coal Mining Safety and Health Committee
Richie Ah Mat – Cape York Land Council Aboriginal Corporation chairperson
Michael McCabe – former coordinator of the Capricorn Conservation Council and member of the Central Queensland Mine Rehabilitation Group
Matthew Paull – Queensland policy director for the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association
Rhonda Jacobsen – a Ngempa Kamilaroi woman who works in the Future Acts Mining and Exploration Unit with the North Queensland Land Council
Dr Jo-Anne Everingham – Senior Research Fellow, Mining and Regional Communities at the University of Queensland, Lock the Gate representative
Dr Julie Beeby – chair of the environmental committee of the Queensland Resouces Council
Professor Martine Maron – Professor of Environmental Management, University of Queensland. Deputy Director, National Environmental Science Program Threatened Species Recovery Hub