Mine expansion opponents descend on New Hope AGM

CONCERNED residents gathered at the New Hope Annual General Meeting last week in a bid to plead their case on the proposed new Acland coal mine expansion.

The community members shared their concerns to the company's shareholders to state how landholders will be affected by the proposed Acland Mine Stage 3.

The meeting focused on the expansion of the Acland Mine Stage 3 in the Darling Downs which will have devastating impacts on local farmers, landholders and communities.

The case has now been taken to Land Court by those who will be impacted as a last resort to protect their farm, water resources, health and lifestyles.

The proposed expansion has continued to be a test to the Queensland Government as the mining industry even tries limit the accessibility of impacted people to the court system and restrict the limits further.

Mines Minister Anthony Lynham has even tried to resolve these issues.

The proposed expansion will ultimately destroy rich food lands and water resources on the Darling Downs.

Lock the Gate has inquired with the government to stop the proposal and conduct a proper public inquiry into political donations and mining in Queensland, including investigating $950,000 in donations made by companies associated with the Acland mine to the Liberal/National Party (LNP).

Points made by the members of the public on the effects by the proposed expansion include:

  • The mine will result in the loss of more 1300 hectares of Strategic Cropping Land located on the fertile soils of nationally significant food-bowl on the Darling Downs.
  • It will also cause drawdown in groundwater aquifers of up to 47m in some locations and will impact negatively on up to 300 water bores.

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