On the evening of the Census, people who live in the South Burnett camped out at Acland, a thriving town before open cut coal mining came to town.
Cassie McMahon, a resident from Nanango organised the event and said it was a success. 50 people participated in the camp out, listened to stories of the challenges experienced with having New Hope Coal as a neighbour as well as the emotional roller coaster ride of State Government decisions to allow this mine to operate and expand even when residents report breaches of their Environmental Authority.
South Burnett residents learnt that their State MP, Deb Frecklington told concerned residents and community members that Acland Stage 3 would never be approved and assured local businesses they could invest in upgrades or expansions. After Deb Frecklington was elected, Stage 3 was approved which enraged many community members who trusted her pre election promise.
Residents of the South Burnett also met some of the objectors to the Stage 3 Land and Environment Court case. This court case has attracted 31 objectors, has been in session for 20 weeks and has been the biggest court case of this type in Queensland.
The South Burnett residents who attended all came home determined that they will do everything in their power to stop Moreton Resources from developing an open cut coal mine on the edge of Kingaroy.
For more information, please contact Cassie McMahon, firstname.lastname@example.org or 0427 166 166.