From the Bimblebox Nature Reserve Website:
In brief: The 8000 hectare Bimblebox Nature Refuge is threatened by a massive new coal development proposed by Waratah Coal, owned by Clive Palmer (business man and Member for Fairfax in the Federal Parliament).
The company has announced that its ‘China First’ mine (otherwise known as the ‘Galilee Coal Project’) would involve open cut mining more than half of Bimblebox Nature Refuge and underground mining the remainder.
The proposal involves extracting 40 mega-tonnes of coal per year, which would be transported on a yet-to-be-built 468km rail line up to Abbot Point and shipped through the Great Barrier Reef on its way to China where it will be burnt for energy generation.
This destructive and nearly impossibly large proposal got the green light from the Queensland Government in August 2013, and the Federal Government is due to make a decision by 20th December 2013.