FAMILY WELFARE: Farmer Shane Eden maintains his opposition to plans for a $1.2 billion underground coal mine.
FAMILY WELFARE: Farmer Shane Eden maintains his opposition to plans for a $1.2 billion underground coal mine. Contributed

Eden set to mourn his paradise lost

IF Bandanna Energy is allowed to mine in the Golden Triangle's strategic cropping land zone, then it is an agricultural paradise forever lost for Shane Eden.

The Gindie farmer remains vehemently opposed to the $1.2 billion underground development and a proposed haul road which he has been told will run through his property, Kilmore.

After selling a cattle block to Xstrata's Rolleston mine "to get them out of our hair", Mr Eden said the prospect of another mine next door was unsettling.

If the Bandanna operation goes ahead, his house will be about 5km away as the crow flies and with three children aged from nine to 16, he fears the effects on his family and farm from dust, noise and loss of lifestyle.

"It's going to be a real worry," Mr Eden said.

"Our house will be only 3km from the haul road and the prevailing wind will take all that coal dust across."

More than that, Mr Eden worries about the future of the Golden Triangle if mining is permitted to encroach by the State Government.

He points to problems emerging with the water table over the 40-year mine life, as well as Bandanna's claims of up to two metres of subsidence around the operation causing ongoing grief for farmers.

Mr Eden claimed drill holes left during exploration had sat untouched for more than three years before being filled in recently as the company's "spin campaign" began.

"We've got to have mining, but it's got out of hand with how much mining there is and what it's doing to the countryside," he said.

"It would just be such a shame to see this country destroyed."


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