Australian country music singer and songwriter and 2008 Australian of the Year, Lee Kernaghan will open and close next Monday's Food Security Forum at the Brisbane Convention.
Mr Kernaghan, who feels passionately about the destruction being caused to the Australian bush by coal and coal seam gas, will sing some of the songs that have made him a household name in this country.
The Food Security Forum will be hosted by radio broadcaster, Alan Jones, and will feature four intelligent and courageous women farmers on the front line of the conflict with the resources sector in Queensland. These women are Ruth Armstrong, a cotton and grain irrigation farmer from Cecil Plains, Tanya Plant, a farmer who lives next door to the Acland coal mine, Katie Lloyd, a cattle farmer from Chinchilla who has had to live for several years with over 20 gas wells on her property, and Debbi Orr from the Tara residential estate who is forced to live next to a QGC gas field. All women are also mothers with small children.
Then candidates from the Ashgrove electorate will be interviewed by Alan Jones about their parties' policies on coal and coal seam gas.
The forum is being organised by the Lock the Gate Alliance and GetUp!
Lock the Gate president, Drew Hutton, said he hoped the forum would be a good opportunity for the people of Brisbane to see what all the parties would do about this key electoral issue. This would be especially important in the seat of Ashgrove where LNP leader, Campbell Newman, is in a neck-and-neck race with ALP incumbent, Kate Jones.
Details of the Forum
12 noon, Monday 12 March
Brisbane Convention Centre