The town of Acland suffered another nail in its coffin when New Hope mine uprooted the historic St Judes church and moved to another town on the back of a truck - but the community fights on.
New Hope mine removed the church last week despite the fact the State Government is yet to release its findings of a review into the approval by the Newman LNP administration of the expansion of Acland mine stage three.
The NSW Budget’s recognition of declining mining investment and the need for other sectors to lead growth needs to be backed by key policy changes on mining, says the Lock the Gate Alliance.
The State Budget released yesterday highlights a sharp decline in mining investment and refers to a “national transition .. towards more diversified economic growth.”
New legal advice obtained by Lock the Gate Alliance indicates that landholders will NOT have the right to go to the Land Court to challenge the Environmental Authority for the Acland Coal Mine expansion, despite election promises to restore legal rights by the incoming Queensland State Government and Premier Palaszczuk.
The final deadline on submissions to the Acland Environmental Authority is next Wednesday, July 1 at which time the door may close forever on landholders and communities who are opposed to the damaging mine expansion which will affect more than 1,300ha of Strategic Cropping Land on the Darling Downs.
Bremer Valley residents have welcomed the failure of Coalbank to raise the finances to buy the mothballed Ebenezer coal mine, near Ispwich.
Shirley Doyle of the Rosewood District Protection Organisation (RDPO) lives near the mine and has long campaigned for the mine’s closure.
Northern Territory communities fear that the Northern Australia White Paper released by the Federal Government last week could be a trojan horse for widespread shale gas fracking across the Territory, as on-ground opposition to the industry escalates from local councils to entire communities who are declaring themselves 'gasfield free'.