NEW PROJECT: John Dalton from the Kingaroy Concerned Citizens Group.
NEW PROJECT: John Dalton from the Kingaroy Concerned Citizens Group. Contributed

Competition reframing mine protest

KINGAROY Concerned Citizens Group is running a photography competition to capture the beauty of the area before any mine goes ahead.

Group spokesman John Dalton said in the event of the mine being approved, the group wants to preserve and celebrate the history of the area by conducting an art and photography project.

"The initiative will involve artists and photographers capturing the last spring season before mining," he said.

"The last wheat crop will be in the ground and the last flowers in bloom.

"The project will also include the impact of the proposed coal rail line from Kingaroy through Goomeri."

Mr Dalton said a workshop by photographer Steve Parish would enhance the ability of local photographers and artists to express their stories.

The competition has a prize of $2000 and several categories from open to school age.

Mr Dalton said the group had been trying to determine whether Moreton Resources would voluntarily acquire all the land for the mine and rail line or if the State Government would declare land be compulsorily acquired.

"If the land must be acquired by voluntary sale and many landholders refuse to sell, then the campaign against the mine has additional strength," he said.

"We are planning to clarify this matter soon and begin a new aspect of our campaign against the mine that focuses on our solidarity about not ever negotiating with the company on the sale of land."

More information about the photography project can be found soon at kccg.com.au.