Coal miner slammed for 'uprooting' historic church

LOCK The Gate has hit out at the removal of an historic church from the town of Acland, claiming New Hope Coal is pre-empting the State Government's decision on the expansion of the Acland mine.

The anti-coal group released a statement stating that the historic St Judes church in Acland had been "uprooted and moved to another town on the back of a truck".

"... but the community fights on," the statement reads.

New Hope Coal is awaiting approval for the third stage of the Acland mine.

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Lock the Gate's president, Drew Hutton said it was another sad day as New Hope mining company tried systematically to excise the heart and soul of the Darling Downs' town.

"New Hope has totally disregarded Acland's cultural heritage and the removal of our little church today is another stab into the hearts of the locals," Mr Hutton said.

"The company's intention is to make the town soul-less by removing the buildings, town signs, trees and homes but the locals are fighting on to save what's left from more mining."

He said the company had removed homes, the old bank building, about 30 bottle trees and closed the school and the local hall.

"They just want to wipe Acland off the map," he said.

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