OUR SAY The need for jobs vs a mine
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.