Angry reaction to coal permit bid
IT seems the message about the Darling Downs and coal mines is taking its time getting through to would-be overseas mining companies.
A Chinese mining company is the latest to apply to explore for coal on the Downs.
Shenhuo International Group has applied for a coal exploration permit over an area of the Condamine River flood plain between Felton South and Tummaville.
It's no surprise to hear the immediate reaction of farmers in the area.
The application is being seen as a challenge to the Queensland Government's commitment to protect the state's best agricultural land.
Friends of Felton spokesman Rob McCreath has called on the government to knock the submission on the head.
He says the land in question is undeniably strategic cropping land.
The beauty and agricultural significance of the Darling Downs does not meld in any way with coal mines.
A government spokesman said that very few granted exploration permits ever went on to become a mine.
Farmers and others would prefer a much more resolute rejection.