Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Songbird Will Take Hit from Palmer Plans

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Songbird Will Take Hit from Palmer Plans

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Owen Jacques

APN Newsdesk

A BIRD no taller than 12cm, weighing just 15 grams and appearing to wear wrap-around sunglasses may be forced to stand up against magnate Clive PalmerCOs enormous coal mine planned for Central Queensland.

If PalmerCOs Waratah Coal develops its multi-billion-dollar China First project, it will consume swathes of the 8000ha Bimblebox Nature Reserve, home of the black-throated finch.

It was an outcome that would devastate Bimblebox co-owner Paola Cassoni.

C[pounds sterling]We are looking at pristine ecology and we are not putting a price on it,C[yen] she said.

C[pounds sterling]There is no price, it is priceless. There is no other.C[yen]

When Waratah released its latest environmental reports earlier this month, it suggested mining the nature reserve as C[pounds sterling]criticalC[yen] to the success of the project.

C[pounds sterling]For the Galilee Coal Project, the (coal) reserves beneath the Bimblebox Nature Reserve are critical and the most cost-effective of all (coal) reserves,C[yen] the report stated. …

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