Sand mining has played an important role on North Stradbroke Island for decades, but active operations have now ended.
Through a new agreement signed on 12 December 2019, Sibelco has committed to work collaboratively with the island’s traditional custodians, the Quandamooka people, to rehabilitate and surrender over 9,000 hectares of land disturbed by mining. This ambitious project will help to transition the local economy from its reliance on sand mining to a new future as a globally recognised cultural and eco-tourism destination.
The plan will be carried out progressively over several years, meaning Sibelco will continue to invest in the local economy and community for some time to come through our rehabilitation activities. Working together with the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (as representatives of the Quandamooka people) and the Queensland Government, we have established a practical and achievable transition schedule that prioritises land which already meets required rehabilitation standards and is ready for transition. This approach has seen fast progress, with over 2,200 hectares of mining lease already surrendered and transitioned thanks to close collaboration between the parties.
The signing of the agreement was marked with a special ceremony on North Stradbroke Island, during which the Queensland State Premier and Deputy Premier praised the open and collaborative approach behind the project, adding that they hope this will become a blueprint for all mining rehabilitation projects in Queensland in the future.