Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - JOHN AN­DER­SEN

GARY Prior loves fish­ing, loves the Reef and loves hav­ing a job. The 49- year-y old so­lar farm worker r sup­ports Adani’s Carmichael mine and is “old school” in the sense that he be­lieves a man has to work in or­der to “bring home the ba­con”. He wants his sons and daugh­ters to have jobs, to one day have chil­dren them­selves and for the fathers to be able to “bring home the ba­con”. Yes­ter­day at Bowen’s Queens Beach with three of his sons, Ge­orge, 19, Gideon, 9, and Ely, 6, he talked about the fu­ture and what he wanted them to achieve. “We need the Carmichael mine and we need the coal to go out Ab­bot Point. There will be jobs for young indige­nous peo­ple and for ev­ery­one. All the young men and women leav­ing school, not just in Bowen but around Queens­land, can hope to have a job,” he said. Ge­orge is a sec­ond- year trainee plant op­er­a­tor with a civil con­struc­tion firm. He en­joys the work and hopes it will pro­vide him with a ca­reer path. “There will be a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal firms and that will be good for Ge­orge and other young men like him,” Mr Prior said.

Mr Prior said pro­test­ers only wanted to be­lieve their side of the story and were giv­ing the im­pres­sion that the pro­posed Carmichael mine was on the coast when it is in the Galilee Basin, , 325km m south­west of Bowen and 350km due east of the coast at Carmila, south of Mackay.

Mr Prior said he loved the Reef and was a keen out­doors­man and fish­er­man.

He said he had no doubts the Reef and its wa­ters would be pro­tected as the Carmichael mine goes ahead.

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