Coal anger rises in Scenic Rim
ANTI-COAL anger is rising in the Scenic Rim, with a councillor saying the picturesque region should be mine free.
A protest group, Keep the Scenic Rim Scenic, is holding a public meeting tonight, where British scientist Dr Dick van Steenis will speak about the health dangers of open cast mining.
Carabella Resources has coal exploration permits to mine the Mount Barney and Maroon regions near Boonah, angering residents and politicians in the area.
Carabella’s website stated “an independent geologist has assessed Maroon and Barney View as highly prospective tenements, having identified multiple exploration targets for thermal coal in the Walloon Coal Measures”.
The Barney View Tenement has been granted by the Queensland Department of Mines and Energy.
Scenic Rim Councillor Kathy Bensted said it was ridiculous the State Government had permitted Carabella to mine such a beautiful region.
“We have wonderful natural scenery here, which could be ruined if coal mines became operational,” Cr Bensted said.
“The majority of residents in the Scenic Rim would like to see coal mining banned from the entire region.
“At the very least, there should be large areas of the Scenic Rim that are marked hands off.
“We have no say in what the State Government does in regards to mining permits and that must change for the sake of the region.”
When contacted by The Queensland Times, Carabella Resources said it was “too busy to speak to the media”.
Keep the Scenic Rim Scenic member Robert Fowke said he feared for his health if open cast mining was to eventuate in the region.
“How they are allowed to do their tests around here is astounding,” Mr Fowke said.
“Some of these mining practices are highly dangerous.”
Tonight’s meeting will be held at Centacare St Mary’s, Petersen St, Beaudesert, at 6.15pm.