Lock the Gate secretary, Sarah Moles, has joined a Brisbane hunger strike to protest Aurizon's role in exporting coal from proposed mega-mines in the Galilee basin.
Aurizon (formerly QR National) intends to bail out India's debt-ridden GVK, allowing development of the first of 3 huge coal mines in western Central Queensland.Read more
Lock the Gate has responded to the Australian's article 'Galilee exports delayed until 2017' saying:
I'd like to point out that there are also a number of other people objecting to the Alpha mine in the Galilee Basin. Most of these are local landholders who are concerned, primarily, about the impacts of the mine on ground and surface water in the region, a fact Mr Mulder (GVK), seems to have omitted
A new alliance of community groups today announced plans tackle the issue of particulate pollution along the West Moreton coal train line.
Clean Air Queensland, a community alliance of groups and individuals including the Lock the Gate Alliance, Friends of the Earth, Rosewood District Protection Organisation, Oakey Coal Action Alliance, and Parents Against Coal Dust has formed as a result of community concern on the health impacts of coal dust.
Clean Air Queensland spokesperson Hannah Aulby said, “Like the communities in the Hunter Valley, we too deserve to know the facts about the particulate pollution coming from coal mining and trains.”Read more
The NSW Government's air quality monitoring network in the Hunter Valley has issued its 100th air pollution alert for the year, just a few days before the beginning of a court case against a major new mine proposal that would increase harmful pollution events in the region.Read more
The Lock the Gate Alliance and the Oakey Coal Action Alliance have today welcomed the report of the Senate inquiry into the Impacts on health of air quality in Australia, calling on the Queensland Government to immediately implement the recommendations to protect community health.
“This Senate Inquiry again highlights that coal dust pollution is a serious health concern and one that should be legislated upon immediately,” said Oakey Coal Action Alliance spokesperson Pete Faulkner said today.Read more