NO MINE HERE: Kingaroy Concerned Citizen Group members John Dalton, Gary Tessmann and Neralie O’Sullivan are worried a mine could be bad news for agricultural land.
NO MINE HERE: Kingaroy Concerned Citizen Group members John Dalton, Gary Tessmann and Neralie O’Sullivan are worried a mine could be bad news for agricultural land. Contributed

Mine opponents learn their rights from Shine Lawyers

LANDHOLDERS in the crossfire of the proposed Kingaroy coal mine have been briefed on their rights by a notable law firm.

Two solicitors from Shine Lawyers in Toowoomba came to the South Burnett to speak with landholders about their rights.

Damien O'Sullivan from Kingaroy Concerned Citizens said the meeting was specifically for landholders who had received letters from Moreton Resources, asking them to consider selling their land.

Those letters were sent out to at least 16 landholders in recent weeks, although Moreton Resources has said the exact number is confidential.

"There were about seven landholders at the meeting," Mr O'Sullivan said.

"It was to make them aware of their rights, and the responsibilities mining companies have got.

"It can be confusing for people, they might not be sure about what they can say no to."

Shine Lawyers are noted for many notable cases in environmental law, including a class action against aluminium producer Alcoa.

The law firm advised the group on a pro bono basis.

Polls are in

Moreton Resources announced the results of its extensive poll to test support of its proposed coal mine yesterday.

For a full wrap up of the poll check out Tuesday's South Burnett Times.