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Sadies take their 'cleaning' message to Toowoomba

The 'Sadies' make the message out the hearings in Toowoomba: Janine Godfrey, Lynette Hughes, Deb Edwards, Elie Smith, Julie Devine and Robina MacKenzie.
The 'Sadies' make the message out the hearings in Toowoomba: Janine Godfrey, Lynette Hughes, Deb Edwards, Elie Smith, Julie Devine and Robina MacKenzie. Contributed

WHEN Little Johnny Farnham penned his first solo hit "Sadie the Cleaning Lady" in 1967, little could he have imagined it being worked into a political anthem almost 50 years later.

But that's what an enterprising group of six ladies, many of them from the Brisbane Valley area, did this week.

Dressed in cleaning aprons and armed with brushes and buckets, the ladies badged themselves the "Sadies" and crooned Farnham's tune with some new lyrics outside the offices of Toowoomba pollies.

There was a serious message behind the fun - the Sadies were looking to "lock the gate" to coalmining in the Darling Downs and Brisbane Valley regions.

The government's Agriculture, Resources and Environment Committee was in Toowoomba this week for hearings on the proposed Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Bill 2014.

Spokesperson for the "sadies" is Deb Edwards, who lives in bushland between Esk and Toogoolawah, and whose neighbourhood was recently the site of coal exploration drilling by Coalbank.

Ms Edwards said they were dressed up as 'political cleaners' to highlight the need to keep water catchments clean, food lands mining-free and lifestyles intact.

"The LNP wants to takes away ordinary people's rights to object to mining developments," Ms Edwards said.

"I think that is outrageous,"

Ms Edwards said the agriculture-rich Darling Downs was too precious to throw away to mining companies to make a quick buck as was the Brisbane Valley.

"The Newman Government has allowed Coalbank Ltd to drill exploratory wells near Wivenhoe Dam, Brisbane's primary drinking water supply, while refusing to rule out the catchment area to mining," she said.

 "Coalbank say that two of their drill sites were successful so they will be back in our region."

Ms Edwards said Queensland taxpayers would be left to clean up the mess.

"The Sadies believe it's time the people had a say is this," she said.

"We want transparency and no dirty deals, so we came here to clean up this place."

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This was the 'revised' lyrics the Sadies had for Farnham's classic:

We're Sadies, the cleaning ladies

Shame our politics has gone to hades

Well we're here to make a stand

We are taking back our land

'cos mining mixed with politics is shady....

 

Bring down those walls

Expose that clause

Dear old Sadies

Without this clean up all our laws are crazy....

 

Lock the gate

No time to wait

Dear old Sadies

Protect our country's future for our babies.

Topics:  brisbane valley coal exploration lock the gate toowoomba


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