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Not all are in support of coal mine south of Maryborough

EARLY exploration is being carried out south of Maryborough for a potential future coal development.

Seismic testing was being undertaken in Toolara Forest near Wolvi by Global Ore Discovery, a mineral and energy geological consultancy firm.

Global Ore Discovery spokesman Chris Crae said explorations of the area were still in the very early stages and testing was ongoing.

Mr Crae said using seismic technology to analyse the ground under the forestry was non invasive and would have no impact on the environment.

"We're just trying to get a picture of the geology," he said.

Mr Crae said that did not mean a coal mine was imminent.

He said he would not have the results of the seismic testing for at least another two months.

Mr Crae said the process have been "very consultative" with community meetings held to answer community concerns.

But Wide Bay Burnett Protection Alliance spokesperson Vicki Perrin said she was concerned about the effects mining might have on the Great Sandy Strait as well as on the region's groundwater and productive land.

She said the community was aware of the threats posed by mining.

Ms Perrin said communities in the Wolvi area surveyed themselves with 95.6% of people questioned were opposed to mining.

She said she was against potential mines at Tiaro and Aldershot as well, fearing the impact any mine in the region might have.

"These exploration companies need to be aware that the heat is rising in this region," she said.

"More and more people are becoming aware of the threats to our land and water and they want no part of these destructive industries."

Ms Perrin said while some people were in favour of a mine because of the purported economic benefits, she did not think a mine would solve the region's high rates of unemployment.

"Coal mining is a dying industry," she said.

"All it will do is leave a void in what is productive land."

Ms Perrin said putting the Mary River system at risk, including the endangered Mary River turtle, was also unacceptable.

"It's just too special a place and too close to the Sandy Strait," she said.

Australian-owned New Hope Group is going through land court over the proposed mine at Aldershot - the company is planning an open-cut coking coal mine which would run for at least 10 years.

Further north, the Queensland Land Court yesterday recommended the State Government grant mining leases and approvals for Adani's proposed Carmichael coal mine west of Moranbah, which would become Australia's largest coal mine.

But approval should only be given with additional environmental conditions, the court found.

Topics:  coal mine fraser coast maryborough



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