Rosewood residents "Lock the Roads" to coal mining
ROSEWOOD district residents have come up with a novel twist on the Lock the Gate campaign in their fight to close thermal coal mines in the area.
Residents held what they called Declaration Day in Rosewood last weekend to lock their roads to open cut mining.
The Rosewood District Protection Organisation Inc presented the declarations to Ipswich councillor David Pahlke on behalf of all levels of government.
RDPO president Paul Kennedy said the Rosewood region formed the northern end of the Scenic Rim from the Little Liverpool Range to the border ranges.
"This whole region is highly recognised for its unique combination of rich agricultural, landscape, tourism, environmental, geographical, geological, cultural and historic heritage features," Mr Kennedy said.
"If you damage one part of it, you devalue and damage the whole package."
Mr Kennedy said RDPO was formed in 2001 in protest against the many impacts of open cut coal mining, which has had a chequered history in the region.
"The State Government granted the re-instatement of ML (Mining Lease) 4712 and MDL (Mineral Development Licence) 172 to Zedemar Holdings, which covers most of the Bremer Valley," he said.
"The residents of this area are opposed to the destruction of this environment, which has unique flora and fauna habitat, which includes vital healthy disease-free koala colonies and the endangered swamp tea tree."