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Mining leases on Springvale Station rejected

Two proposed mining leases on Springvale Station have been rejected by the State Government because of potential sediment release into the Normanby River catchment.

The Department of Natural Resources and Mines advised the applicants on Tuesday (15 August 2017) that the conservation values of the area were not consistent with mining activities.

The proposed mining activities have the potential to increase sediment loss from mined areas either through direct disturbance from mining operations or from erosion associated with land clearing and infrastructure installation.

The two proposed mines were in a Restricted Area, which the State Government uses to temporarily protect areas from mining when the State is considering protecting those areas in the future—Springvale Station will become a protected nature refuge under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

Preventing alluvial mining leases is a significant and historic action to help protect nature and Springvale Station is set to become a prime example of how former agricultural land can be remediated and re-vegetated to stop erosion while also providing great conservation outcomes for endangered species.

Pest plant makes its first Australian appearance

The Queensland Herbarium has confirmed the first known Australian occurrence of a pest plant Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) Officers have dubbed ‘orange wingstem daisy’ on Springvale Station.

Verbesina alata (orange wingstem daisy) was discovered by EHP officers on Springvale Station in 2016 where Watkins Creek and the East Normanby River meet.

Priority control actions were put in place immediately upon discovery. All known individuals on the property have since been controlled.

Continuing treatment is underway as new sightings are discovered. All property neighbours, including Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Biosecurity Queensland, and the Weed Spotters Network have been notified of the plant’s discovery, preferred habitat, appearance, growth habit and control methods.

Orange wingstem daisy is a fast growing annual native to Mexico and the Virgin Islands and prefers warm climates and a rich well drained soil. Its glossy, dark green leaves and loosely branching stalks are topped by rich orange flower discs.

Successful Information Day for Springvale’s neighbours

A relaxed information session for Springvale Station’s neighbours was held on 20 May 2017 to discuss work underway and upcoming onsite projects. EHP officers and staff from the Office of the Great Barrier Reef will be on hand to discuss weed and feral animal control, fencing, and erosion management.

Track work commenced

The main ‘spine’ track that runs from the Springvale Station homestead to Keetings Paddock on the property’s southern boundary, is being upgraded to provide easier access to badly eroded gully areas targeted for remediation work. Rock quarried locally has been brought to site for the resurfacing upgrade. This has included 2,000 tons of ‘C’ class gravel and 114 ton of gabion rock now stockpiled onsite.

Find out about ongoing activities on Springvale through Ranger Dean's diary.

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Last updated
18 August 2017
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