Greens decry Acland expansion

NEW Hope Corporation’s Acland coal mine expansion on the Darling Downs of Queensland threatens to eat up more prime farmland, according to the Greens Candidate for Groom Antonia van Geuns who outlined its coal policy in Toowoomba yesterday.
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The north pit at New Hope's Acland mine.

Lou Caruana

She said coal and coal seam gas were threatening agriculture in the region.

“We have viable job-rich alternatives in clean energy that don't cost agricultural jobs. Our plan for at least 90% clean energy by 2030 would create thousands of new jobs, mostly in regional areas,” she said.

“We've also put forward a $1 billion Clean Energy Transition fund to help workers and communities adjust to the transition with training for new jobs and plans to attract new investment to affected regions.”

Green senator Larissa Waters said the Greens have introduced three separate bills to give landholders including traditional owners the right to say “no” to coal and gas, and to ban fracking but the old parties have failed to support us each time.

“We Greens will always put farmers ahead of the big mining companies' profits, which mostly flow offshore, and unlike the Liberal, National and Labor parties, we don't take donations from coal and gas companies,” Waters said.

“We Greens stand firmly on the side of landholders, who appallingly still don't have a legal right to refuse mining companies' access to explore and, then later, mine their land in Queensland.”

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