Residents fired up over coal mine
RESIDENTS to be most affected by the proposed Kingaroy coal mine have formally declared their commitment to remain a coal-free community.
In a ceremony at Taabinga Village near the mine site, about 50 people gathered as the petition signed by local residents was presented to Councillor Danita Potter, who was on hand to represent the South Burnett Regional Council.
Taabinga Village, the historical site of Kingaroy’s beginnings, was chosen as the venue as it has 45 homes and is just one kilometre from the proposed mine.
It is expected to be one of the most impacted residential areas and may have a future that is similar to the town of Acland due to its similar proximity to a coal mine.
Kingaroy Concerned Citizens Group (KCCG) is one of many Queensland community groups using formal surveys and petitions to determine if support exists for mining projects, and it came as no surprise to event organiser Marilyn Stephens that 100% of those survey expressed their disapproval for this mine.