The Kingaroy community at a public forum last month about the proposed mine.
The Kingaroy community at a public forum last month about the proposed mine. Courtesy KCCG

Mine debate heats up with tour this weekend

AN URBAN to rural tour that will focus on the impacts a proposed coal mine could have on Kingaroy's tourism and agricultural industries, will hit town this weekend.

The event will take place this weekend, on October 1 and 2.

Brisbane-based rural advocacy group Bridging the Divide will host the tour, intent on bringing urban and rural people together to learn more about the attractions and people of the South Burnett.

The tour will be a good opportunity to speak to others concerned about the impacts of the proposed Moreton Resources open-cut coal mine, as well as appreciate the investment, skills and talents of tourism operators and farmers.

In a public forum last month, KCCG spokesperson John Dalton said it was up to the community to stand against the proposal.

"The values and opinions of the local community are needed to signal opposition to the mine and to the State and Commonwealth governments as they decide the future of the mine.”

"You are the people who will be affected by this project, so you must do something to make sure your voice is heard, not have it expressed by someone who doesn't live here.

"It's up to each individual to tell Moreton Resources that they do not have the social licence to build a mine near this town.”

The tour will take place this weekend but bookings are essential.

To find out more information phone Cassie McMahon on 0427166166.