Coal or tourism?

THE Gympie Cooloola Tourism Board says a proposed mining site in the Cooloola Coast hinterland would make it hard to market the region’s environmental credentials.

Tiaro Coal has announced future plans to conduct mining exploration in a 180 square kilometre area near the Cooloola National Park and the Noosa River.

Board chairman Glen Alfredson said it was not clear yet how extensive a coal mine would be but an open-cut mine would be a concern.

“We don’t know that’s going to happen at this stage, I mean there’s just a bit of surveying going on and a possible exposure of it later on down the track,” he told ABC Wide Bay.

“But if that got to be a major project then yes it would be quite a concern for the tourist industry and...in particularly the biosphere.”

Gympie Times


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