Bill threat to cit­i­zens

Isis Town and Country - - Towns & Country -

MINES Min­is­ter Andrew Cripps has clearly been us­ing a strat­egy of de­nial when ad­dress­ing the sub­stan­tial crit­i­cism of the Min­eral and En­ergy Re­source (Com­mon Pro­vi­sion) Bill 2014. This leg­is­la­tion is clearly de­signed to ex­tin­guish the rights of neigh­bours and con­cerned com­mu­nity mem­bers to ob­ject to pro­posed min­ing. The An­der­sons’ and Cur­ries’ re­cent wins in the Land Court, to main­tain their wa­ter se­cu­rity, would not be pos­si­ble, if this new bill is passed. It would be a grave in­jus­tice to ban such right­ful ob­jec­tions, even when the min­ing project’s own EIS shows that the aquifer will be de­pleted. This bill threat­ens to ex­pose many cit­i­zens to the real im­pacts of fos­sil fuel min­ing cor­po­rate greed. How can the min­is­ter sug­gest this is some­how fair? - MAY­NARD HEAP

Childers in­ter­na­tional lo­cal artist Cather­ine McCue Boes. This is a not-to-be-missed ex­hi­bi­tion for any­one in­ter­ested in art, book bind­ing, print­mak­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy. Also on dis­play from Cather­ine’s pri­vate collection is a rare fo­lio of ro­coco or­na­men­tal etch­ings from 1750, one of only three copies in the world. So if you need some cul­ture on the weekend go sup­port your lo­cal gallery and artist. - PETER BOES

Bund­aberg

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