‘For the Future of our Region’ Mackay rally organisers say hundreds of community members, businesses and families enthusiastically turned out yesterday to voice their support for mining in the Galilee Basin.
Resource Industry Network (RIN) said the rally was reflective of the community’s strong views on the future of the region.
“Most of those in attendance had never attended a rally before so to see them turn in the hundreds was really encouraging,” rally convener and RIN director Mick Crowe said.
Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson told the crowd he wasn’t happy about outsiders arriving “on our patch and telling us we can’t do what currently supports 60 per cent of our regional economy”.
RIN says the ‘For the Future of our Region’ campaign is building momentum and more events are being planned.
Its website is tracking Federal election candidates’ response to this question: Do you support companies developing new thermal and metallurgical coal mines in Australia?
Townsville Enterprise pins down the pollies on coal
Meanwhile Townsville Enterprise has released a list of MPs, election candidates and regional mayors who responded by 5pm Friday to calls to sign an “Acid Test Pledge” backing the immediate opening of the Galilee Basin, with the first project Adani’s Carmichael Mine.
They were Matt Canavan – Minister for Resources Northern Australia, Mayor Alf Lacey – Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council, Mayor Lyn McLaughlin – Burdekin Shire Council, Mayor Liz Schmidt – Charters Towers Shire Council, Belinda Hassan – Labor Candidate for Dawson, Senator Ian Macdonald – LNP Senator for Queensland, Rob Katter – State Member For Traeger Bob Katter – Federal Member for Kennedy, Dale Last – Member for Burdekin, Mayor Jenny Hill – Townsville City Council, Phillip Thompson – LNP Candidate for Herbert, Brendan Bunyan – Katter’s Australian Party Candidate for Dawson, Kate Horan – Australian Conservatives QLD Senate Candidate, Susan McDonald – LNP Senate Candidate, George Christensen – Member for Dawson, Mayor Ramon Jayo – Hinchinbrook Shire Council, Nick Dametto MP – Member for Hinchinbrook, Frank Beveridge – LNP Candidate for Kennedy Nanette Radeck – KAP Candidate for Herbert, Cathy O’Toole MP – Labor Member for Herbert, Colin Thompson – UAP Candidate for Dawson, Amy Lohse – One Nation Candidate for Herbert, and Deb Lawson – One Nation Candidate for Dawson. (Townsville councillors Ann-Maree Greaney, Mark Molachino and Colleen Doyle also signed).