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Reponse to Tara Health concerns alarming

Lock the Gate Alliance says the government is not doing enough to address the health concerns of residents affected by coal seam gas development in the Tara residential estate.

“Health Minister Lawrence Springborg told broadcaster Alan Jones that he would direct his Department to investigate,” said Vice President Jacinta Green.

“Tara residents are still waiting to see the terms of reference for this important study.

“Lock the Gate understands a 13 number has been set up to take calls from people with symptoms related to gas exposure but that it can take half an hour to work through the ‘triage process’.

“We understand that callers are not impressed with the service, nor with the delays in getting the promised study under-way. 

“These people are suffering and under enormous stress worrying about their children. They want action and they want it now.

“Lock the Gate calls on Minister Springborg to expedite the study into the health impacts of coal seam gas and to make the Terms of Reference available to the public.

“The Minister should immediately visit the area and experience for himself the intolerable health burden the CSG industry is imposing on local residents,” Ms Green said.

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