Mackay’s Resource Industry Network plans to rally the region again next weekend, hot on the heels of another State approvals setback for the Carmichael coal project.
RIN general manager
Adrienne Rourke said the local business community wanted to see confidence in the
market and the future for the coal sector.
“Adani’s commitment to the railway line and the Carmichael project is the first step in getting that confidence and we are disappointed that they seem to be changing the goal posts for them in particular,” she said.
“We have seen the State Government committing to
fast-tracking other projects in the region but there doesn’t seem to be support
there for this project that is going to open up the Galilee Basin.”
rally in Mackay CBD next Saturday is part of a campaign under the For the
Future of Our Region umbrella, which includes ongoing messaging on social media.
is partly about making sure that voters in our region are informed about which candidates
support the opening of new thermal and metallurgical coal mines in Australia,” Ms
“It will also
ensure the voters are informed of the facts.”
said the debate around coal was very emotional and there were many well-intentioned
but misinformed people out there when it came to the facts on mining methods
and impacts, such as water use.
Fundraising for further action
Much of the For
the Future of Our Region’s efforts had gone into sharing information to
counteract the lies out there, she said.
As a small organisation with limited resources, Ms Rourke said RIN was using a crowd-funding platform to draw support to help present the facts about mining, the global future of coal and its contribution to the local economy.
element is to demonstrate to all levels of government that there is a groundswell
of support for opening up the Galilee Basin and that people are getting frustrated
with the constant delays to this project,” she said.
said about 300 people had attended a similar rally on April 27, with the
majority of participants indicating it was their first time at such a demonstration.
“So many people
are engaged in this issue and made the effort to come along to the rally to
show their support,” she said
“For some time
now we have been standing back saying ‘it will be OK’ and left it to minority
groups to put their view.
“It’s not a
mines rally or a mining industry rally. It’s a community rally for Mackay, because
if the Galilee Basin doesn’t open up, there are questions on what the future of
the Mackay community is and where our
work will be in future.”
The rally will be held in the Mackay Regional Council precinct, on the grassed area between ArtSpace and the MECC, from 9.30am on May 11.