The lease on Sibelco's Enterprise Mine has been extended from 2019 until 2035. Photo: Robert Rough
The lease on Sibelco's Enterprise Mine has been extended from 2019 until 2035. Photo: Robert Rough

Labor refers sand mining firm to CMC

LABOR  has referred North Stradbroke Island sand mining company Sibelco's role in the March 2012 Queensland election to the Crime and Misconduct Commission.

Opposition environment spokeswoman Jackie Trad has sent a range of documents to the CMC questioning Sibelco's role in the Ashgrove electorate where Premier Campbell Newman successfully stood against Labor's then-environment minister Kate Jones.

This week, Ms Trad wrote to CMC acting chairman Ken Levy outlining Labor's areas of concern involving the Newman Government and Sibelco.

Those concerns include Sibelco confirming in 2013 that it had spent $91,000 mailing 98,000  letters to voters in Ashgrove and nearby electorates and that Mines Minister Andrew Cripps met eight times with Sibelco over two months in 2012, but with the island's Quandamooka people only once.

Sibelco engaged public relations company Rowland Pty Ltd to construct a large-scale campaign in 2012 to raise issues about Labor's decision to shorten the duration of sand mining on North Stradbroke Island.

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