The Gloucester valley is a vital area for agriculture, food production, tourism and is a historically significant spiritual place for Aboriginal communities.
Our aquifers and groundwater systems are not well understood by the Coal Seam Gas industry and we are trying to achieve an independent study of the cumulative impacts of all the extractive industries before the valley becomes an industrialised zone.
The health of those who live here is of paramount importance as is the 'clean, green' image we have been fostering for 25 years with food production, farmers markets, tourism and lifestyle relocation.
The Gloucester Valley has been listed for nomination on the State Heritage register for over 35 years as a region of outstanding geographic beauty. There is a strong agricultural heritage through the historic AA Co in the 1880's to the present day.
The tragedy of the rampant and uncoordinated approach to extractive industries in this state means that the cumulative impacts are never assessed by the companies or the State Government. Health issues are ignored.
The devastating situation we are facing is happening because no one in Government has the courage, fortitude or wisdom to see that it is unsustainable to destroy arable farmland, aquifers and river systems for the quick dollar and dubious job quotas that are touted as the reason for the collateral damage to our communities.
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