Please help stop a new Coal Mine near the Great Sandy Strait in QLD.
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I want to tell you about a new mine called Colton Coal mine which will be just 2klms from a town called Aldershot, home to about 1000 people. They objected to polluted mine waste water being discharged directly into the Mary River upstream of the Great Sandy Strait, and to the negative impacts of coal dust and noise on their health and well being.The township is entirely dependent on tank water collected from their roofs for drinking, and they are worried about the impacts of coal dust pollution on their drinking water.
Unfortunately, despite the strong case put forward by Aldershot residents, the Land Court recommended that the project should proceed. That means the final decision now rests with the Minister for Environment, Steven Miles.
The Mary River is threatened by the open cut mine. It could have devastating effects on the ecology of the river, which is home to rare and threatened species,( including the iconic Mary River Cod ) and on the internationally listed Great Sandy Wetlands, a sea grass environment that supports dugong, dolphins, prawns and fisheries. It is a nursery grounds for the rich diverse sea life that is the backbone of the regional tourist economy, and is also a vital summer stopover for migratory birds from the northern hemisphere.
Minister Miles and his government have committed to work towards the nomination and listing of the Great Sandy Strait as a World Heritage site. It would be ridiculous to put that global recognition at risk by turning it into a drain for dirty waste water from the Colton coal mine.
The current proposal is so appalling , that it doesn’t even require the mining company to clean up its mess – it will be allowed to leave behind a gaping hole or ‘final void’ as they are known, over 100 hectares in size, which equates to a hole in the ground approx 3.5 klms long and 80 mtrs deep that will be at risk of over-topping during rain events or of leaching polluted wastewater.
We also cannot forget about Climate Change and the seriously negative impact burning coal has on our beautiful planet. The planet that provides all of us with every breath we take, every mouthful of food we eat and every drop of water we drink. We are ruining this planet for all living things that depend on it and it desperately needs to stop !!!
I ask you to please sign this petition to very strongly urge the Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Steven Miles to reject the mine proposal outright or to amend it to prevent any pollution risk to the Great Sandy Strait and to protect the people of Aldershot.
Thanks very much for your support !
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