Mining protest reaches new heights

Protesters made their opposition to coal and coal seam gas mining pretty clear during a mountain-top campaign yesterday.
Protesters made their opposition to coal and coal seam gas mining pretty clear during a mountain-top campaign yesterday. Contributed

BANNERS flew from the Scenic Rim's highest peaks yesterday as residents protested against mining.

As part an anti-coal seam gas day of action the Keep the Scenic Rim Scenic group climbed mountains across the region to put up banners with statements including "no gas", "water not gas" and "no fracking, save our state."

Mt Maroon, Mt Barney, the Minto Crags, the Lost World Plateau and other Scenic Rim peaks were littered with protesters and their banners.

Keep the Scenic Rim Scenic spokesman Innes Larkin said he was very excited by the day's results.

"I was on the North Ridge of Mt Barney and saw five or six other banners from there," he said.

"Today sent a real message of solidarity, we don't want mining in our region

"We will not give up until they (mining companies and government) take notice of us; we are not going away.

"I am so inspired by today; I have new ideas already. Just stay posted."

In addition to the banners displayed on the peaks of the Scenic Rim another was laid on the oval at Dugandan, just outside Boonah.

Resident Beau Stone wandered down to take a look after spotting it from his backyard.

"It's great to see people together doing something positive," Mr Stone said.

"We need more people like this, all working together."

Despite the protests acting Premier Andrew Fraser has defended the industry stating people should support it or risk the expansion of the coal industry.

"I just say to some people out there on the fringes of this debate that the best way to guarantee that the next power station in Queensland is a coal-fired power station is if you shut down the gas industry," he said.

"And I just ask them to get on board with gas as a key transition fuel, one that will provide a benefit for the future generation and one that's also important for the economy of the state."

Topics:  csg mining industry politics protest scenic rim

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