Happy New Year, and welcome to a whole new year of opportunities. The enormity of trying to keep abreast of everything that is happening concerning coal mining and coal seam gas mining, not only in Australia but also overseas is overwhelming. We have many faithful Facebookers who are continually digging up information as well as emails and news items.
There is so much happening that I cannot even hope to read, let alone retain it all. Once read it is then a matter of ascertaining whether it is then fact or fiction or a strange combination of both. To save me some time in the future I will be sending out lists of “links” to internet sites rather than copy and paste items of interest. I hope this suits all of you and I envisage that it may give me more time to read and digest the information I receive. This way I can also expose you to much more relevant information so you too can be better informed.
I hope to commence this process soon and make it a regular activity, so keep an eye out for TCMAG in your subject line.
Another change this year will be monthly “live” updates. By “live”, I mean we will be holding monthly “Community Update” meetings, mainly at Gowrie Hall, but as we try and spread the word, we may also hold these meetings at other community centres also. These meetings will also coincide with our Committee meetings which will follow immediately following the update and will be available for all to attend.
The first of these Community Update/Committee Meeting will be held this Saturday (11th) evening at 6:30pm at Gowrie Hall. Our President, Jim Wiltshire, will give us an up-to-date account of the situation around Gowrie and Toowoomba in general; Peter Faulkner from Oakey Coal Action Alliance will give us an update on Acland mine and then everyone is most welcome to stay for the committee meeting.
BILLY TEA TOUR OF ACLAND
Come to Acland and find out the real environmental and social impacts of mining on the Downs.
When: Saturday 11th February
Where: Tom Doherty Park, Acland
Sausage Sizzle Lunch $5.00 and talk and Tag-along-Tour
RSVP lunch Ph 0427 109 755 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
ACTION AT JONDARYAN
Dear LTG members and supporters,
”Please send this out to all your members and contacts (but not the media yet)……………” Drew.
The Lock the Gate Alliance will be organising a major action at Jondaryan aimed at exposing the scandal that is the Jondaryan coal dump and opposing the stage 3 application for the Acland coal mine that supplies this dump.
This will begin at 12 noon on Monday 20 February with participants gathering at the open ground on the eastern edge of the Jondaryan township from 11.30 a.m.
This action will be a march from the edge of the Jondaryan township to the railway dump for the Acland open cut coal mine 800 metres away.
The Oakey Coal Action Alliance will be the host organisation for the day.
2GB radio personality and great campaigner, Alan Jones, will march with us on the day as will other prominent people.
Participating groups will march with wheelbarrow loads of fruit and vegetable and some will be on horseback. We will also have some marchers in koala and kangaroo costumes. We will create great theatre and a dramatic backdrop that will pressure political parties to respond to our calls to protect our land, our water and our communities from irresponsible resource extraction in the lead-up to the Queensland election.
I shall be writing to the company, New Hope, and to the premier informing them that we will be marching on the coal dump with the intention of closing down a facility which is endangering the health of the local community, is out of compliance with its environmental authority and should not be located where it is. We will also, of course, be opposing any approval for stage 3 of the mine which would triple the size of the dump and alienate hundreds of hectares of good, productive farm land and local waterways.
I expect the government to mobilise a police contingent to stop us and I am asking those who fell so inclined to join with others of us in committing civil disobedience by refusing to stop the march. Those who don’t wish to be arrested, of course, are free to obey any directives from the police.
If the police do not stop us we will set up a blockade at any entrances to the dump.
Please consider organising a contingent from your group to come to the march. it will be a major part of our campaign to make coal and coal seam gas key issues for the state election. I shall be organising a bus to travel to the action from Brisbane.
For further information please ring Drew Hutton on 0428 487 110 or Cassie McMahon on 0404 677 781.
Lock The Gate Alliance Inc.
Question & Answer Night
Saturday 10th March – 7:00pm
An invitation will be sent to all local State election candidates to attend a Question & Answer night at Gowrie Hall.
An independent sponsor is being sought to run the evening.
Our main intention with this is to establish where each candidate stands on the issue of local mining. If you would like a question presented on your behalf we must have it by return email (email@example.com) or (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Friday 2nd March. Your full name and address should be included as well as a contact phone number in case we need to contact you for clarification of the question. If you would like the question directed to a specific candidate please indicate that as well.
Only if time permits will there be questions invited from the floor, so best to get them in prior.
Toowoomba Coal Mine Action Group Inc. reserves the right to disallow any question deemed unsuitable.
That’s about enough from me at this point, but as always
“Be seen & Be heard”
Toowoomba Coal Mine Action Group Inc.