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BACK LASH TO COAL & GAS MINING IN QLD AU

The News Paper… Farmonline..

Wandoan’s defiant mine stance

24 Nov, 2010 05:46 PM
PROPERTY owners around Swiss mining giant Xstrata’s massive coal development at Wandoan say there is a “gold rush mentality” developing as mining companies jostle to unveil energy projects across the Surat Basin.

There’s underlying concern that coal seam gas and mining activities are being sanctioned at the expense of food production, jeopardising a swathe of rural communities who are being forced to give up thousands of hectares of prime cropping lands to the developing energy hub.

Lobby group The Wandoan Clean Food Alliance demonstrates the strength of feeling throughout the district by banding together to detail its “anxiety, frustration and insecurity” at the way in which events are unfolding.

Anne Pitkin, Winston, maintains coal seam gas and coal mining projects continue to jeopardise the Great Artesian Basin, “our biggest asset,” by risking contamination of its water.

“Xstrata doesn’t seem to realise they are playing with real people’s lives, and this is a terrible thing happening to our farming community,” Ms Pitkin said.

Anne Pitkin, who says the community’s lives have been on hold for far too long, said: “Once you destroy our land, you will never ever get it back and no amount of money is worth the destruction you (Xstrata) are going to do to our land, lives and future generations.

Colin and Terri Boyce, Everest, say Xstrata’s proposal to mine some 30 million tonnes a coal a year from their mining leases at Wandoan will destroy the social fabric and economy of a small rural community based around some of the best dual purpose farming and grazing land in Australia.

“This community contributes millions of dollars worth of agricultural produce to the Australian economy, and has done so for the past 150 years, and will continue to for many generations to come,” the Boyce family says.

“This mine should be stopped – it is short-term financial greed versus-long term viability of "A" Class food-producing land.”

And Jill Conway, Currawong, says she is “appalled” the elected government has allowed a predominately non-Australian company to turn prime agricultural land into an industrial wasteland for a short-term financial gain for a resource boom bourne out of Chinese and Indian demand.''

HONEY BEES AT RISK OF ERADICATION IN QLD
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I enjoy eating Australian Honey & hope it remains in this  country for generations to come. You would think The Feds would 

wake up, it is the Australian People who feed these fat cats who get a pension far above the one the general public 

receive. My question is how is this beast getting into Australia, & how to eradicate if we see one or more! Should we trace the 

nest ourselves or call up the Qld DPI? Is the one you refer to the 'Asian Giant Hornet. To me it looks like a Giant Bee, & 

maybe the creature I have mistaken for a Bumble Bee!

''Asian Giant Hornets can obliterate a colony of 30,000+ honeybees within hours! Each Giant Wasp is capable of killing 

dozens of honeybees per minute. Their prize; the honey bee larvae and pupae, which they intend to carry away to feed to 

their own young.

Asian Giant Hornets can obliterate a colony of 30,000+ honeybees within hours! Each Giant Wasp is capable of killing 

dozens of honeybees per minute. Their prize; the honey bee larvae and pupae, which they intend to carry away to feed to 

their own young.

bee/#ixzz16KRqZbOQ''
Pamela Ida
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