Go online and speak out on mine buffer

CENTRAL Highlands residents are being urged to have their say on the State Government's controversial 2km exploration buffer zone through an online survey.

The Golden Triangle Action Group's Kate Sullivan said this was one of the only opportunities residents across the Highlands would have to voice their concerns and she hoped the region would respond in droves.

"This is a very important decision for all the communities in the Highlands," Mrs Sullivan said. "It is a good, and one of the only, platforms for local communities to have their say.

"Many feel let down by this government and don't often get the chance to tell them."

The survey is posted online at the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation website and consists of eight open-ended questions about the local impact of mining.

Residents will have a week from today to respond. No submissions will be accepted after September 16.

Mrs Sullivan said there were decisions being made that affected the community's future.

She questioned the government's wish to obtain a good response from the public due to the lack of advertising of the survey and the short response time.

"Please, take two minutes out of your day and let them know what you think," Mrs Sullivan said. "All the councils voted for a 10km buffer zone but that seems to have been ignored. These mines are here for 30 or more years.

"We would love to see 12,000 responses from the Highlands in their inbox."

The survey can be downloaded at http://mines.industry.qld.gov.au/mining/exploration-urban-living-balance.htm, or completed online at www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au.

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