UNCERTAIN FUTURE: Lifelong farmer John Larsen is concerned about Moreton Resource’s proposed coal mine on the outskirts of Kingaroy.
UNCERTAIN FUTURE: Lifelong farmer John Larsen is concerned about Moreton Resource’s proposed coal mine on the outskirts of Kingaroy. Barclay White

Farmers dig in against South Burnett mine proposal

JOHN Larsen has farmed his land on the outskirts of Kingaroy since the 1950s and he does not want the land to change.

But the outcome of a study by Moreton Resources, which could change the area forever, has Mr Larsen concerned.

Moreton Resources has pushed ahead with plans for a coal mine on the outskirts of Kingaroy, in land that comes close to valuable farming properties like Mr Larsen's.

He said he was concerned about the impact a coal mine could have if Moreton go ahead with the proposal.

"They reckon (the mine) won't affect the ground water, but those fellas have no idea," he said.

"I wouldn't be too happy if it went ahead."

The future of the proposed mine depends on a pre-feasibility study that is being finalised for Moreton Resources within the next couple of weeks.

CEO Jason Elks said the study would address the concerns of farmers in the area by carefully assessing their impact on the water supply.

"Water is a key consideration for us and we understand we have to minimise the impact on nearby landholders," Mr Elks said.

He said Moreton had undertaken thousands of water samples on the proposed area to get a clear understanding of the underground aquifers.

"The reality is that agriculture and mining are not two foreign concepts," he said.

"Coexistence (between mining and agriculture) has been going on in Australia for 100 years."

The pre-feasibility study, which is being undertaken by AMC Consultants is expected before the end of the year.

Mr Elks said Moreton Resources would make a decision based on the study and make an announcement in January.

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