Wilderness Society Welcomes Beattie's 'No Mining at Shelburne Bay' Decision
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The Wilderness Society has enthusiastically endorsed today's announcement by the Beattie Government that it will not renew two mining leases at the magnificent white sand country of Shelburne Bay in the remote north east of Cape York Peninsula.
"For twenty five years, sandmining has threatened this extraordinary part of Australia's natural and cultural heritage."
"For twenty five years, conservation groups and the aboriginal traditional owners of Shelburne Bay, the Wuthathi people, have opposed sandmining proposals."
"Today is a great day and the Queensland Government must be congratulated for removing the threat of sandmining for all time from the sprawling pure white sand dunes of Shelburne Bay."
The Wilderness Society also paid tribute to the leader of the Queensland Liberals, Bob Quinn, who in recent times has been a strong and public supporter of the 'no mines' campaign at Shelburne Bay.
"Although issues surrounding the future of an existing cattle lease over Shelburne Bay remain to be resolved, this is a great first step in securing the future of a priceless part of Australia's heritage."
For further information or comment, contact: Lyndon Schneiders, Cape York and Northern Australia Campaigner, The Wilderness Society 0407 667 076 or 073 846 1420.