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Candidates oppose mining in Bremer Valley

Candidates from Ipswich West and Lockyer including Pauline Hanson, Sean Choat, Jim Madden and Steve Leese listen to a presentation from the Rosewood District Protection Organisation.
Candidates from Ipswich West and Lockyer including Pauline Hanson, Sean Choat, Jim Madden and Steve Leese listen to a presentation from the Rosewood District Protection Organisation. Derek Barry

IPSWICH West and Lockyer candidates have pledged their support to Rosewood residents against coal mining in the region at a meeting yesterday.

Candidates from the main and minor parties were invited by the Rosewood District Protection Organisation to listen to their concerns about mining plans in the Ebenezer, Bremer Valley and Mt Walker regions.

Ursula Monseigneur of the RDPO told the candidates they wanted to provide certainty to local residents by getting mining leases removed from the area.

"MDL4712 proposes an extension to Bremer View mine to make it bigger and more viable," Ms Monseigneur said.

"We want an extinguishment of the mining leases to provide certainty; it's better for development and jobs."

The Greens candidate for Lockyer Clare Rudkin said only by voting for the Greens could people send a message to stop coal and gas development.

Lockyer Labor candidate Steve Leese noted that Lockyer MP Ian Rickuss of the LNP was the chair of the parliamentary committee which recommended the removal of rights of some groups to object to mining.

"His (Ian Rickuss's) absence today speaks volumes about his concerns for the issues," Mr Leese said.

Mr Rickuss wasn't there but his LNP colleague from Ipswich West Sean Choat was there and Mr Choat said he wanted the region to be known for tourism not mining.

"I believe Queensland is big enough for mining, we don't need it here in south-east Queensland," Mr Choat said.

"I believe you cannot have such operations in the headwaters of an important river like the Bremer."

Lockyer Katter candidate Dave Neuendorf said he stood on his council record of stopping the power station at Gatton.

"I'm so passionate about that, I'm a third generation farmer and I'm here to support the people of the Lockyer and I won't let them down," Mr Neuendorf said.

Labor Ipswich West candidate Jim Madden thanked the RDPO for their informative presentation and said healthy waterways were a critical issues.

"My philosophy is to leave this world for our children and those who come after us," Mr Madden said.

One Nation Ipswich West candidate Chris Reynolds said they were concerned about multination companies coming in.

"We understand the impact on land, the impact on prices of people's properties, the traffic to mines, the pipelines crossing the land and of course the impact of the power stations," Mr Reynolds said.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson was last to arrive to the meeting and last of the candidates to speak.

Ms Hanson said she supported the group in their endeavours but wanted to understand the issue better before commenting further.

"Overall there should be no coal seam gas mining, no open cut mining," Ms Hanson said.

Topics:  bremer valley, ipswich west, lockyer, pauline hanson, queensland election 2015


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