THE approval of the Carmichael coal mine is something Bruce Currie feared.
Still, the Central Queensland farmer said he wasn't shocked to hear the government had given it the go ahead.
Bruce and his wife Annette live at Speculation, a cattle property near Jericho, about 12km away from another proposed coal mine in Alpha.
He's not directly impacted by Carmichael, but is concerned about the precedent it may set.
"Greg Hunt has said there will be very strict conditions, but I question whether those conditions will be fully applied and policed," he said. "The devil is in the detail and we've heard there's a number of mines… that haven't been fully supervised."
Shontae Moran, from Double D Station near Clermont, owns a property that's been included in the State Development Area, an area in the Galilee Basin set aside for mining activity including the Adani mine.
She's concerned that if there are breaches, any consequences will be too little too late - the damage to businesses, water supplies and the environment will already be done. "It's great that they've got the conditions, but what happens when the system fails… are they worth the paper they're written on?"