Clean-up work is under way.
Clean-up work is under way. Contributed

Beach clean-up returns site to public use

WASTE sand, much of it radioactive, is being removed from an old mineral sand processing site at Rainbow Beach as part of a long running clean-up, a spokesman said yesterday.

The spokesman for Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said the site, in Clarkson Dr, is "contaminated with waste materials from a mineral sand processing plant that was previously located on the site".

The issue was raised by Inskip Point activist Reg Lawler, who says extensive paperbark clearing associated with the project has destroyed "a considerable area" of black-breasted button quail habitat.

Mr Cripps' representative said the land had been listed on the state's Environmental Management Register to ensure the land was appropriately managed.

The Department of Natural Resources and Mines was working to have the land able to be removed from the register to make it potentially available for future use.

"Environmental consultants hired by the contractor are currently finalising a site management plan and remediation action plan," he said.

"Remediation work will resume when these plans gain necessary approvals."

Mr Lawler said he had no quarrel with decontaminating the site, but says a lot of the habitat destruction was unnecessary.

Gympie Times


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