Rail line concession doesn't go far enough

Published: April 03, 2014

The Lock the Gate Alliance welcomes the announcement by Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney yesterday that important horticultural areas will be excised from the Galilee Basin State Development Area (SDA), but says that the rest of the SDA is equally poorly planned and will cost the state too much in lost agricultural land and productivity.

Last night Jeff Seeney announced in a press release that important horticultural areas around Bowen would be excised from a proposed SDA, after a Lock the Gate report released Monday revealed that the productivity of over 250,000 ha of Good Quality Agricultural Land would be put at risk by the SDA.

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Auditor-General releases damning report on environmental regulation

Published: April 02, 2014

The Lock the Gate Alliance has welcomed the release by the Queensland Audit Office into the Environmental Regulation of the Resource and Waste Industries as the first ray of light shone on the topic in two decades.

Lock the Gate Alliance president, Drew Hutton, said this was a damning report that reinforced everything he had been saying about the regulation of mining and environmental compliance generally in this state for the last 20 years. 

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Water, democracy threatened by Wallarah 2 coal project

Published: April 02, 2014

The proposed Wallarah 2 coal mine will pollute Wyong's drinking water supply and is opposed by the local community, according to the Lock The Gate Alliance.

Lock The Gate will argue its case against the proposed long-wall mine to the NSW Planning Assessment Commission, which will hold a public hearing into Wallarah 2 today (April 2nd)  at the Wyong Golf Club.

“It is indisputable that the Wallarah 2 coal project will damage Wyong's water supply,” said Steve Phillips, who will speak at the hearing for the Lock The Gate Alliance.  “Even the mining company agrees, the only question is by how much?”

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Coal company drilling outside environmental approvals while farmers forced into costly arbitration

Published: April 01, 2014

Landholders in the Southern Highlands have today released detailed data that shows that Korean steel giant POSCO’s wholly owned Hume Coal has been drilling exploration holes outside its existing environmental approvals in Sutton Forest.

Convener of the Southern Highlands Coal Action Group, an affiliate of Lock the Gate, Peter Martin said the Department of Resources and Energy appeared to have been turning a blind eye to the company’s “blatant flouting” of the environmental approvals process over the past two or three years. 

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Coal infrastructure threatens food production and increases flood risk in Central Queensland

Published: March 31, 2014

A report released today reveals a State Government proposal would lead to major flooding and significant loss of food-producing land in Central Queensland.

The report, Railroaded: Carving up food lands for coal transport in Central Queensland, examines plans to build railway infrastructure to transport coal from mines in the Galilee Basin to Abbot Point, near the coastal town of Bowen.

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