Farmers asked to discuss selling land to Moreton Resources
LANDHOLDERS in the crossfire of Moreton Resources' proposed Kingaroy coal mine have been sent letters urging them to discuss selling their properties.
Moreton Resources CEO Jason Elks has sent at least 16 letters to landholders in both the area of the MDL385 mining licence and the EPC 882 tenement to discuss selling their land.
Kingaroy Concerned Citizens Group spokesman John Dalton said the letters raised the anxiety of farmers in the affected areas as the mine had a long way to go before approval.
"We don't believe the mine will go ahead because it's a fundamentally flawed concept and we really think the way it suggests the mine will go ahead is questionable," Mr Dalton said.
The letter, which is signed by CEO Jason Elks, invites landholders to discuss the "potential impacts and options for you, including the potential that MRV Tarong Basin Coal Pty Ltd would like to acquire your land".
It further says Elks would like to discuss in person Moreton buying the property in the future, or coming to a "mutually beneficial arrangement".
Coolabunia farmer Glenn Hibbs said his family had received a letter, but that they were not tempted to sell.
"(The land) has been in the family for about 80 years," Mr Hibbs said. "I grew up here so I would hate to see it go."
CEO Jason Elks said the letters were to start a discussion, and potential sale of properties was a long way off.
"We have made contact with all of the directly affected landholders that appear under the proposed Mining Application Area, along with others too who we think, there is a potential we may wish to come to an arrangement about their land and potential direct impacts," Mr Elks said. "Once we finalise our next round of approvals we would be seeking to finalise negotiations with those landholders to whom we have progressed positive talks."
Mr Dalton said a number of landholders who had received the letter would meet next Monday, April 18, to discuss their options.