Premier Anna Bligh has listened to the Greens and environment groups and committed to protect Bimblebox Nature Refuge from Clive Palmer's China First coal mine only a day away from the Queensland state election, heaping pressure on Campbell Newman to do the same should the LNP win Government tomorrow.
"Bimblebox Nature Refuge presents the first test for an LNP Government: will they step up to protect this incredible wilderness area, or will they stumble and fall to the overwhelming influence of one their biggest donors, Clive Palmer?" Australian Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said.
"The Premier has now pledged to introduce new protections for nature refuges with high conservation values like Bimblebox that would save them from being mined, protections that should have always been there in the first place.
"The LNP have already committed, in a statement to Lock the Gate, that they will protect areas with high conservation values from mining - they now have only a day to stop playing with words and be clear that Bimblebox, and other nature refuges, are indeed those high conservation value areas they have committed to protect.
"The Greens have always been crystal clear where we stand in saving precious wilderness areas from becoming open cut coal mines. I am calling on all Queenslanders to vote for a party which is independent of the influence of Clive Palmer and other billionaire mining magnates, and vote Green tomorrow for a better future."