Abbott Government Dumps on Farmers

Published: December 10, 2013

Coal port and gas plant approvals add insult to injury for landholders

The Lock the Gate Alliance today slammed the Federal Government approval of an additional coal terminal, and capital dredging program at Abbot Point coal terminal and an additional LNG plant and pipeline on Curtis Island.

“Just one month after Tony Abbott himself said that no one should have to live in a gas field, his government has approved a LNG plant that will export gas from the thriving agricultural community of Cecil Plains.” Said Lock the Gate Alliance Queensland Coordinator, Hannah Aulby

“The Government has let down landholders in Queensland – with this decision affecting farmers in Central Queensland and the Darling Downs. Mines in the Galilee Basin, linked to Abbot Point, will have permanent impact on groundwater in the area and leave local farmers with little chance of maintaining their livelihood.”

“Minister Hunt has a responsibility to protect Queensland’s precious environment. It is a joke to think that two massive export terminals in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area will not have a negative impact on the environment.”

“Our Queensland communities deserve better. We need to see support for agriculture, tourism and local businesses – not unreserved support for multinational corporations that will damage our communities, our local economies, our water resources and our farmland.”

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