OUR SAY The need for jobs vs a mine

South Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - Tobi Lof­tus tobi. lof­tus@ south­bur­nett­times. com. au

WHEN The South Bur­nett

Times links a story to our Face­book page about the pro­posed Kin­garoy Coal Mine there are gen­er­ally two types of com­ments.

The first type of com­ment is those against the mine, its lo­ca­tion be­ing far too close to town and de­stroy­ing prime agri­cul­tural land.

The sec­ond type of com­ment is from those peo­ple who be­lieve the mine will bring a large num­ber of jobs to the town and will be ben­e­fi­cial to the re­gion.

When politi­cians and Adani were spruik­ing the pro­posed Carmichael Coal Mine it was said it would bring about 10,000 jobs.

Jour­nal­ists later found out it would bring just un­der a tenth of that num­ber.

Any prom­ise that could come from More­ton Re­sources re­gard­ing job prom­ises for the Kin­garoy Coal Mine should also be taken with a grain of salt.

The min­ing in­dus­try is mov­ing to au­to­ma­tion.

Trucks are be­ing driven by ro­bots, coal is be­ing dug up by ro­bots, the jobs that peo­ple typ­i­cally as­so­ciate with a min­ing boom are be­ing re­placed by ro­bots.

If the pro­posed coal mine is ap­proved ( and there is a very slim chance of that), by the time it opens ro­bots will most cer­tainly be the norm and the jobs peo­ple think will be as­so­ci­ated with it won’t come to fruition.

The South Bur­nett re­gion, like the ma­jor­ity of re­gional Queens­land, is fac­ing a jobs cri­sis.

A mine, that would po­ten­tially cover the re­gion in coal dust, isn’t go­ing to help fix that is­sue.

It will just lead to more is­sues, and any jobs cre­ated would go once the mine closes. Any mine, in­clud­ing Adani, is just a band aid on a gap­ing wound.

We need to work to­gether, as com­mu­nity mem­bers, to solve the is­sues and to make sure there is job se­cu­rity in agri­cul­ture for years to come.

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