FOSSIL FUELS: Member for Wright Scott Bucholz .
FOSSIL FUELS: Member for Wright Scott Bucholz . Contributed

'No comment' really not good enough

FOLLOWING the Finkel Report release, an independent journalist asked our Federal MP, Scott Buchholz, last week to comment on whether the government's future energy policy would include fossil fuel extraction (like coal and coal seam gas) in the electorate of Wright.

Mr Buchholz declined to comment.

As the Scenic Rim community has already spent two years fighting coal and coal seam gas (CSG) in this region, it is with profound disappointment that Mr Buchholtz does not have a public position when it comes to his current position on future fossil fuel extraction in the Scenic Rim

There was huge community opposition in 2012, mobilised under the community group Keep The Scenic Rim Scenic, to the proposed coal mines at Croftby and Barney View, and the drilling of CSG exploration wells at Bromelton, Tamrookum, Beaudesert, Silverdale and Kerry Valley.

It should be clear to Mr Buchholz what sentiment is towards fossil fuel extraction in this region. But he is tellingly silent on this issue. Has he lost sight of his role as our Federal Member, a public servant who should always represent his constituents views as a priority? It speaks volumes that he has nothing to say on this subject today.

In 2012, after the community-driven success of preventing coal and CSG extraction in the Scenic Rim, Mr Buchholz was only too happy to display the signature "Lock the Gate - no coal, no coal seam gas, no gas pipelines" yellow triangle in his Beaudesert office window. His position was clear then, so what has changed?

"No comment" is not good enough from Mr Buchholz.

INNES LARKIN

Spokesperson Keep The Scenic Rim Scenic



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