Aerial of Alpha mining project.
Aerial of Alpha mining project. Patrick Hamilton

Burke, Seeney to meet over Alpha

TENSIONS appear to be settling between Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney and federal Environment Minister Tony Burke as both sides dutifully prepare for a meeting next week.

Mr Seeney and Mr Burke traded snipes for most of last week, sometimes a number of times a day, as they warred over who was to blame for delaying a $6.4 billion mining project in Alpha, west of Rockhampton.

Both sides were under pressure with Queensland Co-ordinator General Barry Broe being told his report was incomplete by his Canberra counterparts, while Mr Burke faced a damning report from UNESCO on the dangers to the Great Barrier Reef.

Mr Seeney's office has described the issue as "ongoing" with both sides in regular communication after the pair sat down on Thursday to hash out a solution.

At the same time, they have agreed to consider and return with ways to improve their working relationship in regards to environmental approvals.

The state and federal governments are also in regular talks with Gina Rinehart's Hancock Coal and Indian mining powerhouse GVK.

June 20 has now been set as the deadline for the Queensland Government, after which point Mr Burke's team will decide whether or not to do an approval process of their own.
 
 



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