Our best food-producing lands and our finest natural areas are at risk from inappropriate coal mining, coal seam gas and other forms of unconventional gas extraction. The mining expansion that is planned is unlike anything this country has ever seen before. Coal and gas exploration licences have been granted for almost the entire continent and there are plans to double our coal exports and become the biggest gas exporter in the world.
Central Queensland - This classic Australian landscape, stretching from the outback to the ocean, from wide open cattle country to the Great Barrier Reef, is at risk from plans for up to 31 new or expanded coal mines, and a new coal seam gas field.
Darling Downs and adjoining farming land - This rich and nationally iconic farming region, described as 'four million acres of the richest soil in the world', is under threat from plans for up to 15 new or expanded coal mines and over 26,000 thousand coal seam gas wells.
Gunnedah Basin and Liverpool Plains - This area matches fertile farming country, the foodbowl of the nation, with beautiful landscapes and outstanding remnants of native bushland. It is under threat from coal and coal seam gas mining, with current exploration licences covering more than 6 million hectares of land.