TERRI Irwin has cast doubt on the State Government’s plans to protect the Cape York wilderness area dedicated to her late husband, Steve.
The Newman Government controversially announced last year that it would designate the land a strategic environment area and protect it forever from mining development. The plan meant the end of a major bauxite mine for the area.
But in formal submissions to a parliamentary committee Mrs Irwin and lawyers McColm Matsinger said despite the Government’s intentions, mining in the controversial wilderness area would not be completely stopped by the planned laws.
“While the Bill and the supporting Draft Cape York Regional Plan go a long way . . . it is still not in an ultimate form that guarantees no mining on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve – ‘ not now, not ever’,’’ Mrs Irwin said.
She wants the Steve Irwin Wilderness Reserve written into legislation so that it cannot be changed at the whim of any future government.
Source / Read more:Townsville Bulletin