Colton mine ‘puts 1042 people at risk’, residents claim
A GROUP of Aldershot residents has lodged an objection in the Queensland Land Court against the proposed Colton coal mine, saying it threatens residents' health and property values.
Spokesman for Aldershot and District Against Mining Brian Linforth said they feared for the future of their community if the mine - about two kilometres from their homes - went ahead.
"We are concerned about the impacts of dangerous coal dust particles on our health and on the tank water which we rely on for drinking and increased noise levels associated with the mining operations," Mr Linforth said.
"There are over 1042 residents in Aldershot whose health, property values and wellbeing are all under threat because of this risky coal mining venture."
The coking coal project was delayed for several years after an initial environmental management plan lodged in 2012 was sent back by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
However it took a step forward in May this year when an updated plan was lodged - and has met with opposition from nearby residents and green groups.
"It's not just the Aldershot village at risk - all Queenslanders stand to lose from this ill-considered proposal to dump untreated waste water into the iconic Mary River," spokesperson for Coal Free Wide Bay Burnett Vicki Perrin said.
"The extraordinary tourist attractions of Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Strait should not be a dumping ground for the mining industry.
"This mine proposal shows a complete disregard for the internationally significant wetlands and coastlines of our region, and the international attraction they present to tourists from around the world."
"Due to the far-reaching changes made to mining laws by the Newman Government last month, this may well be the last opportunity that community groups ever have to object to a coal mine such as this," she said.
A representative for the New Hope Group said the company was following proper legal process for the Colton Coal Mine Project.
"Due to the fact that any objections will be processed in the Land Court, New Hope will make no comment on these claims," the representative said.
If the mine goes ahead, it would be the first modern open-cut coal mine on the Maryborough Basin, and is expected to yield about five million tonnes of coking coal over eight to 10 years.