Bimblebox battle strikes a chord
A FILM depicting the ongoing battle to save a nature reserve near Alpha is the subject of an internationally made documentary selected for the Byron Bay International Film Festival.
The film, Bimblebox, follows the story of Alpha resident Paola Cassoni.
It tells of Ms Cassoni's two-year fight to prevent the 8000ha Bimblebox Nature Refuge - which she co-owns - from being swallowed by Clive Palmer's proposed China First coal mine.
Directed by US-based filmmaker Michael O'Connell, the movie placed Ms Cassoni's story in the wider context of massive coal and coal seam-gas expansion in Australia and its impacts on farm land, communities and the environment.
"I am very proud to be the catalyst for this documentary and have my story told to the public," Ms Cassoni said.
"It's not just about a fight to save a refuge in rural Queensland."
"Bimblebox shows the broader public how the bush, our farms and our waterways are going through a radical transformation, we are losing the fight against mining in our backyards which could have significant impacts on our water quality, food supply and environment.
"It also shows the daily battles and frustrations of ordinary people in dealing with both mining corporations and what I consider an indifferent government."
It features interviews with leading academics and scientists, former miners and members of communities impacted by mining.
Ms Cassoni thanked Michael O'Connell for donating his time to the project and to local country folk who helped finance it.
She said locals believed it was an important story to tell.