Concerns surrounding the impact of Adani’s proposed Galilee Basin coal mine on the local black-throated finch population has seen the company forced back to the drawing board to further develop its management plan.
The announcement that the Queensland Government has rejected the proposed management plan comes after the Australian Conservation Foundation released a new analysis that showed that the planned coal mine would disturb an area of around 35,000 hectares of the finch’s best remaining habitat.
“The black-throated finch is on the verge of extinction and these coal mines would totally destroy or degrade most of the high-quality finch habitat that’s left,” said Christian Slattery, the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Stop Adani Campaigner.
The analysis shows that the Carmichael project, as well as six other proposed mines in the area, would disturb a collective 155,491 hectares of land, 81,493 hectares of which would be completely cleared.
“A recent scientific paper in Environmental Science and Policy journal set out how the endangered finch, which was once widespread across north-eastern Australia, is no longer found in 88 per cent of its former range,” Mr Slattery said.
The analysis examined data from the Queensland Coordinator General and environmental impact statements relating to six proposed coal mines: Carmichael, China Stone, Kevin’s Corner, Alpha Coal Project (mine only), Galilee Coal Project (mine only) and South Galilee Coal Project.
The analysis did not consider Clive Palmer’s Alpha North mine because it is too early in the assessment process to accurately quantify the damage it would do to the finch’s habitat.