An alternative view on the mining meeting

A letter to the editor of the Queensland Times from Ursula Monsiegneur, Greens Candidate for Ipswich West

QT p22 4/6/2011- ‘Wayne Wendt pledges to stop mining’- WHEN? I was at the meeting in Rosewood on Wednesday 1/June/ 2011 and the extent of Wayne’s involvement was organizing a DEEDI and a DERM rep to give mind-numbing ‘information’ in the form of powerpoint, explaining the hoops a mining company has to go through to get an Exploration Permit for Coal (EPC), a Mining Development License (MDL) and eventual Mining License (ML). Wayne had organized a petition that stated he wanted to change the laws to make the companies more open and consultative, so that they had to notify land holders before EPCs and MDLs were approved. There was nothing in the petition indicating he wanted it stopped. Neither the Government Representatives, nor Wayne Wendt, could elucidate on what the company actually had planned for the area. The DEEDI rep stated that this application was not about coal seam gas mining and that it was highly unlikely that coal mining would be approved. Why would a company spend 45 million dollars, to take out an EPC and an MDL? Surely not just to dig holes in a few paddocks? Wayne Wendt does not have the intention, or ability to, change his parties policies on either coal or coal seam gas. We might feel, or are told, we are a ‘special case’ because these mines are close to residential developments. But, the people at Tara, and Acland, and many other places in Australia were not consulted and are now host to mining companies destroying their properties. And don’t bother going off to the Liberal Party to ‘voice your concerns’ they support the Labor Parties policies on mining. The only party not accepting donations from the developers and mining companies, and with a clear stand against new coal mines and coal seam gas, is the Greens.

* Ms Monsiegneur sent a copy of her letter to the QT to the Marburg and Districts Residents’ Association. It is posted here as an alternative viewpoint on the mining discussion. All opinions expressed in it are Ms Monsiegneur’s own and not those of the MDRA.

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