Council blocks groundwater mining venture in the GC Hinterland

A COUNCIL committee has rejected a proposal for a commercial groundwater extraction venture in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

The development application, proposed by Hoffmann Drilling Superannuation Fund, could see up to 16 mega litres of groundwater extracted in Springbrook every year.

Council officials had raised concerns about the venture, including impacts on the environmental features of the area by regular truck movements as well as how the development could potentially effect the vegetation and natural process of the area.


The Economy, Planning and Environment Committee on Wednesday refused the application, with the recommendation to go to full Council on Friday for consideration.

Mayor Tom Tate said he was not in support of the idea.

“It’s in the catchment area where water would eventually flow into Hinze Dam,” Cr Tate said.

“The water in Springbrook belongs to everyone. For any commercial enterprise to benefit from our water, it’s not on.”

It comes about two months after the Mayor to the state government asking for clarification on its position on water mining.

Asked about the issue on Wednesday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said “that is a matter for the Gold Coast City Council and we will respect that decision”.

Earlier this week, Councillor Glenn Tozer took to social media to confirm he didn’t believe the area was the right place for the industry.

“Having now read the report, the advice outlines a number of elements of the application that are inconsistent with the city plan,” he said.

“Principally, I don’t think Springbrook is a place for extractive industries like water mining.”