Lockyer Valley council to host Lock the Gate meeting
LOCKYER Valley Regional Council will host a meeting next month to prevent coal seam gas mining in the region.
Mayor Steve Jones said they would be hosting a Lock the Gate style forum in Gatton on Sunday, November 9 to promote awareness that the State Government had plans to open up the valley to mining.
"This will not be a protest event but an informal one to show what this valley is capable of," Cr Jones said.
Cr Jones said they would be inviting the leaders of political parties as well as the general public to a forum.
"I'm not against mining but the Lockyer Valley is not the right place for it - It would be an absolute disaster for the Valley," he said.
"This is specifically for the Lockyer Valley, we've had interest from neighbouring councils but it's up to them to decide what they want to do, our job is to protect the valley."
Cr Jones said the Lockyer Valley's reputation as the "Salad Bowl of Australia" could be threatened by mining.
"I've spoken with Growcom to protect what is special to this country," he said.
"We may need to request special legislation to stop it."
Mining exploration has commenced in the nearby Brisbane Valley and Lockyer Valley council staff have fielded several enquiries about when it will start in the Lockyer.