NOT HERE: John Bjelke-Petersen at Bethany Cottages ... behind him is where the mine would be.
NOT HERE: John Bjelke-Petersen at Bethany Cottages ... behind him is where the mine would be. Katherine Morris

Farms to open up for anti-mine project

SEVERAL Kingaroy farms will open their gates next month for a special photographer and artist day.

The day, organised by the Kingaroy Concerned Citizens Group, is to highlight the lands on which the proposed Moreton Resources mine could be built.

One farmer opening his gate is John Bjelke-Petersen, whose historic property of Bethany would be next to the proposed coal mine.

"It's a matter of being able to take in the views and the picturesque country side,” Mr Bjelke-Petersen said.

"We've had these south easterly winds quite a bit for the past month, and with the winds in that direction we'd be covered in black coal dust.”

Mr Bjelke-Petersen runs cattle at Bethany, as well as operating several popular cottages where tourists come to stay.

"If there is a drag line operating a couple of hundred metres away, with trucks reversing, the ambience just won't be same,” he said.

The 385 alive farm open day will take place on August 13. For more details fb.com/kingaroyconcerned citizen/.