Moreton's mine statistics under fire
THE poll used by Moreton Resources to say the majority of the South Burnett supports its proposed mine has come under criticism from John Dalton.
The spokesman for Kingaroy Concerned Citizens' Group, which opposes the mine, has said the figures quoted by Moreton from a recent poll conducted by Galaxy Research were not a true representation of community sentiment.
"We acknowledge that it is Moreton's privilege to engage someone like Galaxy to ask any questions they like," Mr Dalton said.
"But we do believe the majority of people asked are the least informed and least affected."
According to Moreton Resources the poll found 61% of people in the South Burnett believed the region would benefit from "a mining operation", with 24% disagreeing.
The poll was taken from a sample of 500 South Burnett residents, with 65% of the sample identifying as Kingaroy or Nanango locals.
As the proposed mine was in a location that would be closer to Kingaroy than other major South Burnett towns, Mr Dalton said it was deceptive to target the wider South Burnett area.
Opposition to the mine was strongest in Kingaroy, with a little over 40% declaring they were against it, and just fewer than 40% not having a firm view, and fewer than 20% supporting the proposal.
"They've gone to the wider South Burnett, we believe for the specific purpose of diluting the result," Mr Dalton said.
"We believe the most affected and informed people are in Kingaroy.
"If you were to ask anyone outside of Kingaroy if you want a mine to stimulate growth, of course they would say yes."
He pointed to the meeting organised by Kingaroy Concerned Citizens' Group in February as a more accurate example of the mood in Kingaroy.
At the meeting, which was hosted by Mr Dalton, the vast majority of the 938 attendees raised their hands in opposition to the proposed mine.