Conservationist Terri Irwin has rejected suggestions the Queensland Government should ignore a petition to stop bauxite mining on a Cape York reserve in the state’s far north.
Cape Alumina wants to mine near the Steve Irwin Nature Reserve near the Wenlock River.
The company says many of the 280,000 signatures on a petition opposed to the mining are from overseas, and the petition is based on an emotional campaign of misinformation.
But Ms Irwin says overseas interest in the issue only reinforces the global significance of the reserve.
“The people have spoken very loudly on this issue. We have scientists currently from 12 different countries interested in the research opportunities on the reserve,” she said.
“I don’t see that as a bad thing, I see that as a point of pride that this area is recognised globally for its importance.”