Funds to clean up old mine projects

THE government will commit $42 million in today's budget to manage public safety risks with abandoned mine sites across the state.

There are more than 15,000 identified abandoned mine sites across the state - including numerous at Blackstone, Bundamba, Collingwood Park, Dinmore and Rosewood.

Funds as part of the initiative will also be made available to manage responses relating to subsidence issues at Collingwood Park.

Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the increased funding over five years would be an unprecedented boost to the program that works on abandoned mine sites across the state.

He said the increased investment would allow the program to make greater improvements to public safety, including for treating water impounded in mine sites and filling abandoned mine shafts.

"The program has been managing a range of public safety risks from mine sites abandoned with an annual budget of $6 million," he said.

"There are currently more than 15,000 identified abandoned mine sites across Queensland, with an estimated 3500 of those on state-owned land.

"Of these, most are very small.

"However there are about several hundred medium to large sites where significant mineral processing and smelting was carried out."

The The Abandoned Mine Lands Program priorities include managing the impacts from major abandoned mine sites.

I will also provide an emergency first response with specialised technical expertise for newly reported issues on abandoned mine sites, such as historic mine shaft collapses and mine subsidences.


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