TAKING A STAND: John Dalton from Kingaroy Concerned Citizen's Group launches 385 alive.
TAKING A STAND: John Dalton from Kingaroy Concerned Citizen's Group launches 385 alive. Tobi Loftus

Art protest set to wrap up soon

THE art protest against the proposed Kingaroy Coal Mine will finish next weekend.

The Kingaroy Concerned Citizens Group has conducted 386 Alive, an art and photography project, over the past 10 weeks and it will wrap up on October 1 with an exhibition of works and presentation of awards.

KCCG spokesman John Dalton said the awards would be held following the opening to the Kingaroy to Kilkivan Rail Trail, which is happening on the same day.

"The significance of these two events happening on the same day is of note,” Mr Dalton said.

"As we celebrate the fertility and beauty of the land, Moreton Resources is planning to turn it into a mine and as we celebrate the opening of the rail trail through our towns, Moreton Resources applies to change it into a coal rail line.

"The disconnect between the aspirations of the company and the community will be on display during October 1 as mining aspirations converge with concerns about food production, water security and quality of life issues.”

Mr Dalton said KCCG conducted the 385 Alive project to celebrate and preserve the visual, cultural and family heritage of the area in the event the mine is approved.

"The three-month project has included photography workshops with Steve Parish, open farm days and visits to the proposed mine site by many school children,” he said.

The exhibition will be held on Sunday, October 1, at StMary's Catholic College, Kingaroy, from 1-4pm.

An awards presentation will run from 4pm.

For more information onthe project, visit the KCCG's website at www.kccg.com.au.

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