Alpha landholders unimpressed by information day
THE blue corner and the red corner met in the middle yesterday in Alpha, as Galilee Basin landholders listened to mining industry and government representatives speak about groundwater.
Barcaldine Mayor Rob Chandler opened AgForce Coal Mining Field Day at Alpha Town Hall.
"It's about water and ensuring its future for landholders," Cr Chandler said.
"Any real questions that you have today will be answered by the experts."
Those experts included University of Queensland Sustainable Minerals Institute deputy director David Brereton.
"We're not interested in the sides, only the science," Prof Brereton said.
"We want people to leave with a better understanding of these issues.
"This is not an opportunity for individual grievances."
State Government officials, scientists and representatives from Adani and GVK Hancock also spoke to the crowd in an attempt to quell their concerns about the impacts of mining on their properties.
But many landholders remained far from convinced.
Several property owners expressed dissatisfaction at the level of information provided to them.
They said they were reluctant to place their trust in an industry that had shown them little respect in the past.
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