News

Duo 'step up' protest

Linda Weston and Cameron Mitchell walked 125km to raise awareness about CSG.
Linda Weston and Cameron Mitchell walked 125km to raise awareness about CSG. Claudia Baxter

RAISING awareness about the dangers of coal seam gas was the reason for Croftby residents Linda Weston and son Cameron Mitchell walking from the NSW border to Swanbank.

The duo arrived at the Swanbank Power Station yesterday after a five-and-a-half day trek that also raised funds for the Lock the Gate Alliance as it takes on Arrow Energy's proposed coal seam gas pipeline that is slated to run from Casino to Swanbank.

The pair were met by a group of residents from Ipswich, the Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley who are concerned about the impact of hydraulic fracturing on the aquifer and river systems in their pristine region.

Lock the Gate Alliance's Ipswich representative Cassie McMahon said the walk was to "make sure that people know what the issues are and how it (the coal seam gas industry) can jeopardise their water security in the future".

The main concern revolves around hydraulic fracturing and the "chemicals distributed throughout the aquifer systems".

"We are wanting the coal seam gas industry to answer more questions and address what our concerns are before they come in and start the process," Ms McMahon said. "The Scenic Rim landholders have very clearly expressed to Arrow Energy they want to have base line testing done on the properties so that if any contamination happens there would be evidence of what the water situation was before the contamination occurred.

"Campbell Newman said he was going to protect the Scenic Rim from coal seam gas production but at this stage we haven't seen him make any move to put that through with legislation."

Ms Weston has great cause to be concerned.

"There is a CSG exploration permit on our property, as there is with other Croftby residents. Allegiance Coal is trying to push ahead with an open-cut coalmine and if it goes ahead one of its boundaries will be 280 metres from our house," she said.

"We are opposing it very strongly because ... I am sure that our place will be worthless and with all the coal dust we won't be able to live there or sell it."

Ms Weston and her son have a recording studio at their home and moved to Croftby because of the pristine environment.

She is "seriously good mates" with her son and enjoyed the 125km walk.

"There was plenty of laughing and bursting into song going on ... and a lot of tooting, waving and people dropping in on camp," she said.

Topics:  coal seam gas ipswich protest swanbank power station



Wooli grom Carly Shanahan shines at Aus Open of Surfing

TOP TURN: Wooli grommet Carly Shanahan carves the face of a solid right-hander at the Australian Open of Surfing in Manly.

Shanahan comes third in Manly competition

WATCH: Rebels put Navy to the trident

The victorious South Grafton Rebels squad after clinching a dominant victory against Navy Tridents.

See all the action from Rebels final trial match against Tridents.

Flash floods on the cards for Clarence Valley

rain Hits Coffs Harbour Fit touch world cup as play is suspended.
Photo:Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate
19 April 2015

Storms could deliver more rain than predicted

Local Partners

HUGE OSCARS FAIL: Wrong film handed Best Picture award

IN A monumental stuff-up, La La Land was incorrectly named Best Picture. During the acceptance speech, the real winner was revealed.

Blue Heelers' Ditch Davey joins 800 Words cast

Ditch Davey joins the cast of 800 Words as Terry, the younger brother of George, played by Erik Thomson.

George Turner's brother, Terry, arrives to Weld with a 'few demons'

Oscars winners 2017: Full list of Academy Award winners

Viola Davis accepts the award for best actress in a supporting role for Fences at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

WHO won Oscars this year? Here’s a full list of every winner.

Why can’t Nicole Kidman clap properly?

Nicole Kidman's style of clapping has puzzled Oscars viewers.

FOR some reason, it seems Nicole doesn’t really know how to clap.

Muslim actor makes Oscars history

Mahershala Ali accepts the award for best actor in a supporting role for Moonlight at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

MOONLIGHT star Mahershala Ali makes Academy Award history.

NO ONE OFF LIMITS: Kimmel burns down the house at Oscars

Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

HOST delivers a torrent of abuse on Hollywood’s night of nights.

Oscars guest’s shocking wardrobe malfunction

Blanca Blanco arrives for the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, USA, 26 February 2017.

ACTRESS suffers X-rated wardrobe malfunction.

Mining homes dive: $600k homes sell for $120k-$300k

18 Yeates Street, Moranbah sold for $135,000 in December, after being repossessed by a bank. The owners bought for $545,000 in August, 2011.

The economy still has two speeds, but with a painful twist

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

Historic home 'Fairweather' up for action

Fairweather

Historic property owned for last 35 years up for sale

A piece of Clarence Valley heritage up for grabs

The historic house \"Ravensford\" located at 36 Villiers St in Grafton is currently on the market at McKimms Real Estate.

Take a look inside iconic home 'Ravenford'

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!