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Response to questions on EA obligations

5 April 2022

Response to questions on EA obligations

The following can be attributed to a Bravus Mining and Resources spokesperson:

“Bravus rejects the suggestion by groups who have long been opposed to the development of our Carmichael Mine in Central Queensland that we have in any way not complied with the regulatory requirements related to protecting the Black-throated Finch.

“These unfounded allegations are the latest in a misinformation campaign that opponents of the mine have been running for many years.

“Bravus is fully compliant with its commitments to protect local Black-throated Finch populations and is delivering the Black-throated Finch Management Plan in the form it was approved in by the Australian and Queensland governments.

“Our research scientists, First Nations rangers, and environmental team are on the ground working under the approved management plan to monitor the behaviour and wellbeing of the finches.

“In order to gather more information about the finch’s habitat and behaviour our team has fitted radio-trackers and leg-bands to more than 230 finches in the large conservation area surrounding the mining lease.

“A condition of the management plan is that the document is reviewed annually to identify where we can do more on our land, including the 33,000 hectare conservation area, to benefit the finches and finch habitat.

“It is further conditioned that ‘updates to the management plan will be made in consultation with the Department of the Environment and the Department of Environment and Science’.

“This is precisely what Bravus is doing as the first step, and other stakeholders will be consulted in due course as required.

“No changes to the management plan have been finalised and the existing plan remains in place.”