Conservationist writes kids' book burying coal mascot Hector

The life of Hector the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal mascot takes a dark turn in a new book about him.
The life of Hector the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal mascot takes a dark turn in a new book about him. TONY MARTIN

DALRYMPLE Bay Coal Terminal mascot Hector can't catch a break.

The loveable 'big lump of coal' now features in a new book that ends with him being buried deep in the ground - forever.

Mackay Conservation Group member Christine Carlisle has entered it in The Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) Picture Book Competition, run in conjunction with Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival.

The book is titled Hector Rests in Peace, although Ms Carlisle said Hector doesn't die in the book.

It reads: "Hector is helped back into the hole in the ground to rest in peace and sleep forever".

"I don't think he dies. I think we're just returning him to where he came from," she said.

Ms Carlisle said the thought behind the book was to offer another side to the impacts of coal mining.

Illustrations, by artist Kate Brunner, depict how Hector, being a lump of coal, is affecting the earth.

In the story, Hector becomes old and tired and decides to sleep forever while his friends, Windy the Wind Turbine and Solly the Solar Panel produce energy from the wind and sun.

"Hector is all fun and smiles with the kids, but we thought it was important that children hear the real story of coal," Ms Carlisle said.

"The burning and mining of coal is the world's biggest single contributor to global warming - you can't expect the kids to like Hector when he is making their future too hot to handle."

A DBCT spokeswoman said the winning entry in the competition would receive $2000 as a part of the prize.

"It's open to all Australian individuals ... winners will be determined by a panel of judges based on the criteria outlined in the terms and conditions of the competition," she said.

The mascot was criticised by the media website Mamamia last month as being a "noxious, non-renewable resource".

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