All Fitzroy Basin mines to release water into river

ALL mines in the Fitzroy Basin will participate in the mine water release program but State Development Minister Jeff Seeney is unable to provide a timeline for participation.

Responding to a question from Shadow Environment Minister Jackie Trad during estimates hearings at Queensland Parliament, Mr Seeney said the program's expansion would depend on the scientific data showing effects on water and environment protection.

He said the four mines that participated in the Central Queensland pilot program had resulted in 26 gigalitres being released into the Fitzroy River which was less than 0.3% of the total water flow past Rockhampton.

Mr Seeney said there were short-term effects on water quality close to release points but the levels of dangerous substances in the water was minimal or not detected at all.

When pressed for the number of participating mines and a timeline, he said the government would expand the pilot progressively as the scientific data available built up.

"Eventually the program will apply to all mines in the system," he said.

"The government will proceed as slowly as it needs to."