COMMUNITY FORUM: Impacts of major resource industry projects
SOUTH Burnett grazier Karen Jarling will be informing the community about potential impacts of major resource industry projects .
The community information session on Saturday June 16 will discuss the impacts of the projects planned for the Wide Bay, Burnett and Gympie regions.
Ms Jarling said she wanted to raise community awareness of the impacts of previous similar projects.
"The community needs to know a lot more about these projects individually and cumulatively before they go ahead,” she said.
"Similar projects on the Western Downs have damaged and divided communities like Acland and Tara and I don't want to see that repeated here.”
Burning fossil fuels is causing climate change, which causes more extreme weather, as well as threats to farming including water security, Ms Jarling said.
"We need to be aware of what is happening in our own backyard,” she said.
The Colton coal mine, fracking for shale gas extraction and resource exploration permits extend to within 20 kilometres of the Gympie township, Ms Jarling said.
"This could potentially impact ground and surface water resources, tourism, grazing and agriculture in the region -the industries that underpin the social and economic strength of the local economy,” she said.
The free session, supported by Lock The Gate and Farmers for Climate Action, will be held on Saturday June 16 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at the Glastonbury Hall, on Glastonbury Road in Glastonbury.
For more information call 0419 840 088.