Fraser Coast residents should start gearing up for a fight if they want to save the local ecosystem from coal mining, says Green Senate candidate Adam Stone.
Visiting the region with Wide Bay Greens candidate Joy Ringrose on Thursday, Mr Stone said he was concerned by the rapid increase in coal seam gas and shale gas exploration permits in the Maryborough Basin.
“I’m sure some people simply aren’t aware of the devastating impacts they would have … the Chinese-owned Tiara mine, for example, would be so close to the Mary River,” he said.
“The Colton mine just had its water quality knocked back for the third time by the Department of Heritage Protection because of the impacts it would have on the lower Mary River and Great Sandy Strait.”
Ms Ringrose said it was time for locals to band together for a fight, just like the anti-Traveston Dam campaigners did several years ago to overthrow the State Government’s plan.
“I want to go to mainstream groups and explain what mining and fracking does to the environment,” she said.
“These mining jobs – most of them will by fly-in fly-out. And ultimately just a drop in the bucket compared to buggering up the environment.”
She said anyone interested in having her as a guest speaker at an event should send an email to email@example.com.
Approved coal exploration permits currently stretch from Torbanlea in the north to the Sunshine Coast in the south and Gayndah in the west.