Aldershot group vote to compromise with Colton mine owners
AN ALDERSHOT anti-mining lobby will present a compromise to the New Hope Group which if agreed to, will cease the opposition to the Colton coal mine.
Following the lowly-attended annual general meeting in Maryborough on Sunday, the Aldershot and District Against Mining (ADAM) group voted to meet the New Hope Group on May 10.
In that mediation meeting the Aldershot group will ask the owners of the proposed Colton mine for their assurance that several environmental conditions will be in place if the mine is to be built.
Those conditions include noise and dust restrictions, which would trigger a stop-work notice if dust limits are breached.
The disposal of water is the third condition with the New Hope Group asked to either treat the dirty water for discharge into the Mary River or cart it offsite for other uses.
ADAM president Brian Linforth said the majority of the group agreed the matter should be settled "under mediation".
The desire end to the battle is at the forefront of Mr Linforth's mind.
With cancer "running rampant" in his body, Mr Linforth is looking for other ways to spend his final days.
He said numbers of anti-mining supporters have dwindled over the six years they have been fighting.
Evidence of that is the gathering of about 12 who turned up for the group's AGM on Sunday - a far cry from the hundreds who turned up for the fight when the mine was first proposed six years ago.
"We often had nearly a full hall- there was a lot more passion about the whole thing," he recalled.
I won't say the passion has waned but the interest has.
"It's due to the passage of time - people sweep it under the carpet because it's taken so long to happen."
As he looks to take a backseat in the lobby group, Mr Linforth is warning Aldershot residents not to be complacent.
"It will creep up on you," he said.