News

Alan Jones to speak at Lockyer Valley Lock the Gate forum

Alan Jones (seen here at the 2013 Lockyer Valley Business Awards) will headline the anti-mining forum in Grantham on Sunday
Alan Jones (seen here at the 2013 Lockyer Valley Business Awards) will headline the anti-mining forum in Grantham on Sunday Derek Barry

COMBATIVE Sydney radio personality Alan Jones will headline the Farming Futures Forum aimed at preventing coal seam gas exploration in the Lockyer Valley this weekend.

Mr Jones has been a vocal opponent of CSG and will add his voice to the event at 11am this Sunday in the new Grantham estate.

Jones will be joined by Lock the Gate campaigner Drew Hutton as well as Queensland MPs Alex Douglas and Ray Hopper.

The forum comes as Lockyer Valley Regional Council steps up its opposition to mining in the region.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said the forum was a chance for people to stand up and protect the Lockyer Valley and understand the "untold environmental damage" of mining for coal seam gas.

"Australia has some of the toughest and most stringent food regulations on earth and we don't want to see any sort of development that could compromise the entire Lockyer Valley's world-renowned agricultural industry," Cr Jones said.

"As part of the extraction process, a huge amount of water is needed, the same water used by our local farmers which is then heavily contaminated and remains stagnant in enormous holding ponds."

Under Queensland CSG legislation introduced by the former Labor Government, the Lockyer Valley is considered strategic cropping land where mining is not permitted but several companies have mining leases in the area and exploration has already started in the neighbouring Somerset region.

The Government's own Mining website says the alluvial aquifers of the Lockyer Valley were recognised as a "stressed groundwater area", with unsustainable groundwater use.

Cr Jones said Australia needed gas and coal but the Lockyer Valley, which provided 95 per cent of Australia's winter vegetables, wasn't the place to do it.

"The Lockyer Valley has the seventh most fertile soils on earth and we need to protect that valuable commodity," he said.

"What we need is special legislation protecting the Lockyer Valley from mining of this type and if we all band together, we have a good chance."

Sunday's forum will be held in the park at the new Grantham Estate, Ditchman's Drive, Grantham.

Topics:  coal seam gas grantham lock the gate lockyer valley lockyer valley regional council


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Parts of Gatton area can now connect to NBN

GET CONNECTED: Is your home or business ready to connect to NBN?

NBN rollout reaches Gatton area.

Appeal for dashcam footage from Gatton assault

APPEAL: Police are calling for dashcam footage from a serious assault of a woman in Gatton on Tuesday, January 31 at about 4am.

Can you help police with investigations into this serious assault?

Easts Tigers get the best of Ipswich Jets at Laidley

BIG HIT: The Ipswich Jets defeated the Eastern Suburbs Tigers in their U18 clash but lost the next three games they played on Saturday.

Ipswich and Easts brought their strongest squads out to Laidley.

Local Partners

Lockyer Valley Speedway roars into gear

THE hot weather didn't deter keen racer's revving up their engines at the first Lockyer Valley Speedway of the year.

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Global superstar to rock Mackay in 2017

A major concert is set to rock Mackay this year.

Mackay, Cairns to host world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John

How Stay at Home Mum blogger Jody Allen struck it big

Jody Allen and Walt Collins will co-host the Seven Network's Stay at Home Mum television series from April.

Jody Allen's star continues to rise at incredible speed

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

AUSSIE hip hop outfit Bliss N Eso have announced they will play a tribute show for the stuntman killed during the filming of their music video.

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

WATCH: Toowoomba opera hopeful's incredible voice

Kaitlyn Orange attends Opera Queensland auditions at Empire Theatres for Opera at Jimbour, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Opera hopefuls vie for parts in performance at Jimbour House

MKR turns spiteful in suddendeath elimination

Alyse and Matt battled Josh and Amy in a spiteful elimination cook-off.

Bottom of the ladder faces off in spiteful sudden-death cook-off.

Jilted Married At First Sight groom rejected again

Is Married at First Sight groom's second chance over already?

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Massive seaside development of 3200 lots

DESIRABLE LIFESTYLE: The masterplan for the proposed Elliott Heads Estate.

"There's nothing else left along the coastline of Queensland now"

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!