Bimblebox Nature Refuge. Desert Uplands Central-west Queensland. Location of Bimblebox 500km west of Rockhampton 50km north-west of Alpha. Brief background.
500km west of Rockhampton
50km north-west of Alpha
There are extensive conditions under both the National Reserve System (Commonwealth Govt) and Nature Refuge Program (Queensland Govt)
e.g., there “must be no destruction of any native plants”; the Minister must be informed if there are any “threats” to the refuge
(source: Draining Our Lifeblood Report)
“Today over 560,800 hectares of some the world’s most biologically diverse areas are protected in Nature Refuges”
“All 242 nature refuge landholders have one thing in common – they know their patch is worth protecting forever” (2007)
“… development of a world scale energy province in Queensland”
“get out of our way” in the Galilee Basin
1 July 2009, 414 EPCs, area = 121,500 km2
“Our family, 10 years ago put every available last dollar into buying the place to save it from bulldozers. Then in securing it as a Nature Refuge, we were charged by both federal and state governments with the responsibility to restore and preserve.
That’s our brief and we intend to keep it and if government and industry cannot recognise its value, then we who do, must show them this place means as much to us as coal does to them.”
Ian Hoch, Bimblebox