The well-being of communities is put at risk by invasive coal and gas mining, with pollution of air and water leading to illnesses and poor health outcomes. Mines encroach on towns and villages, harming quality of life, devaluing properties and destroying and dividing communities. Other industries such as agriculture and tourism face labour shortages and rising costs whilst losing land and assets to mining.
Tara - The Tara residential estate in south-west Queensland has been surrounded by a coal seam gas production field, with more than 20 families, including children, experiencing chronic health problems, including nosebleeds, skin rashes and nausea.
Hunter Valley - Data from around the world shows that coal mining communities have higher rates of mortality from lung cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. In the Hunter, airborne dust levels frequently exceed national health standards and there has been a 50% jump in dust emissions from coal over five years.
Acland - Acland, a small town 35km west of Toowoomba, became a ghost town virtually overnight when a coal company moved in and purchased 300 properties to make way for mining - dismantling houses or leaving them to decay. Other towns and villages across the country now face a similar fate - Camberwell, Ravensworth, Wybong, Wandoan and Taroom.
Hunter Valley Wineries, Horsebreeding and Tourism - The Hunter Region is one of Australia’s oldest wine producing areas, is internationally renowned as Australia's horse breeding capital, and is a prime tourism location, with estimates of 6.3 million visitors per year spending $1.3 billion. Coal and gas mining expansion is incompatible with these iconic industries.