News

Sign of the times: AgGrow protests

The Anti Coal Seam Gas rally in Sydney in front of Parliament House. Landholders will stand up at this year’s AgGrow.
The Anti Coal Seam Gas rally in Sydney in front of Parliament House. Landholders will stand up at this year’s AgGrow.

LOCAL landholders tired of seeing their agricultural and grazing land diminish at the hands of mining will descend on Emerald AgGrow this year, bringing with them a stall never seen before at the event.

Amid the mining giants and heavy machinery will be a group of fed-up landholders standing alongside members from Lock the Gate Alliance and The Australia Institute. They will unite against coal and gas encroachment.

"It's about time we start to talk about this huge problem and counter the mining aggression somehow. I hear many sad stories and we need to support each other more," Denise Campbell of Orange Downs near Barcaldine said.

Organiser and grazier of Withersfield Station, near Anakie, John Graham said: "This will be a great opportunity for landholders who are feeling the impact of the mining industry to share their stories and obtain information."

At 5.30pm next Wednesday landholders will also gather at the Emerald Golf Club for a presentation by The Australia Institute's Mark Ogge: Mining the Truth: the true economic impact of Queensland's mining boom.

This will be followed by a screening of the film Bimblebox at 7.30pm.

Bimblebox Nature Refuge is an 8000ha property near Alpha directly in the path of the proposed China First coal mine.

 

Springsure grazier on a mission 

AVRIEL Tyson, whose family has lived on the Springwood property since 1895 near Springsure, will join landholders from across Central Queensland at the Beyond Coal and Gas Forum.

The forum aims to give landholders the skills to challenge the "unacceptable" impacts of coal and coal seam gas mining. Springwood is a cattle property with irrigation and strategic cropping land - a family run business.

But it also lies in the way of Xstrata's proposed Rolleston Coal Mine expansion.

"We need a plan for all of Australia regarding resource development to protect food and water and environment," Mrs Tyson said.

"I'm attending the forum to gain additional knowledge and skills."

The forum is at Hay Point, south of Mackay, on July 28 and 29. 


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Swooping season has begun

A magpie on the touch field at Kearneys Spring Sporting Complex, Saturday, August 27, 2016.

Spring is here and the magpie swooping season has begun.

Construction starts on Hoods Lagoon boardwalk

BOARDWALK WORKS: Cameron, Ashlynn and Sandy Frost walk along Hoods Lagoon, Clermont.

Hoods Lagoon boardwalk rejuvination begins.

From Casino to CQ: Emerald bull sales

SENEPOL BULL SALE: Vendor Colin Godfrey with son Blair.

The Godfrey family travel a long way to sell bulls at Emerald.

Local Partners

CH Regional Council heads to Blackwater

Central Highlands Regional Council recently visited Blacktown to give locals the opportunity to discuss local issues with councillors.

Unveiling ceremony to honour victims of flood

AFLOAT: Floating Lantern Ceremony at the Clermont Gold and Coal Festival paid tribute to the great flood in Clermont in 1916.

VICTIMS of Clermont's 1916 flood will be honoured in ceremony.

Swooping season has begun

A magpie on the touch field at Kearneys Spring Sporting Complex, Saturday, August 27, 2016.

Spring is here and the magpie swooping season has begun.

Construction starts on Hoods Lagoon boardwalk

BOARDWALK WORKS: Cameron, Ashlynn and Sandy Frost walk along Hoods Lagoon, Clermont.

Hoods Lagoon boardwalk rejuvination begins.

From Casino to CQ: Emerald bull sales

SENEPOL BULL SALE: Vendor Colin Godfrey with son Blair.

The Godfrey family travel a long way to sell bulls at Emerald.

Coal truck driver suing mine he crashed at

Former mine truck driver who crashed 280-tonn truck suing Anglo Coal

Black lung must be investigated, and fast says victim

Percy Verrall suffers from 'black lung' disease caused by his time spent coal mining.

'I don't want young people working in the mines to go through this'

Rural property: hot to trot

RURAL PROPERTY BOOM: Maguires Real Estate and Livestock owner, Tim Maguire at the saleyards where the price of cattle is influencing the rural property market.

Rural properties in high demand.

Classic car auction draws buyers from US, Dubai

"He wants everyone to enjoy the cars, the collection got too big'

Angelina is blocking calls from Brad Pritt

Angelina Jolie has reportedly blocked Brad Pitt's number.

Apocalyptica 'seek and destroy' sceptics with 'master' set

Apocalyptica play Max Watts in Brisbane on their Shadowmaker Tour.

Review of final show of Apocalyptica's tour

Rebecca Hall doesn't own a TV

Newspapers, yes. Television, not so much

Jaime King 'terrified' by son's heart surgery

Jamie King was "terrified" when her son went in for heart surgery.

John Mayer's advice for Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes has revealed John Mayer gave him advice

Josh Brolin and Kathryn Boyd tie the knot

Josh Bolin marries in front of close friends and family

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Rocky proves prime real estate in latest REIQ report

Kas Woch sold this Wood St home in Depot Hill for $107,000 in August.

A new investor's market as Rocky house prices hit lowest in state

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record