Coal town people power unites

REPRESENTATIVES from resource-rich mining towns met in Mackay on Saturday to form an historic alliance, establishing the state’s first mining communities peak body – Queensland Mining Communities.

“For too long mining communities have not had a voice in the debate about their future, but that is all about to change,” newly elected QMC president Kelly Vea Vea said.

The 10-member committee includes representatives from Moura, Dysart, Moranbah, Blackwater and Collinsville and plans to expand.

“We are a bunch of pragmatic people with a passion for our communities; we support industry expansion and welcome new development,” Ms Vea Vea said.

“But we need livable, balanced and sustainable communities for families to enjoy now, and during the massive industry expansion ahead. We will be out there talking to our communities (and) lobbying government.”

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