LETTER: Pollies must know the facts on Colton mine
WE HAVE read with interest our new Mayor Chris Loft stating he supports the proposed Colton coalmine, and need to ask if he knows anything about the project or its potential impacts.
It seems so easy for the ignorant to chant the mantra "jobs, jobs, jobs" and I ask CrLoft if he would trust the Queensland Government to protect his place of residence from the effects of coal or coal seam gas mining within 2km of his home?
I don't know why he is even adding comment as in the past most councillors have just stuck their heads in the sand and stated they have no control over these types of projects.
The information is out there and recent invitations to attend a CSG and coalmining effects meeting, at the Brolga Theatre where John Fenton, an American farmer, outlined his experiences, was well-attended but showed the absence of even one councillor or politician.
Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders showed he had a better knowledge of the CSG threat in his comments to the Chronicle which were probably against his party's policy and he is to be commended for this.
We elect these people to protect the public interest but they seem to prefer to take the easy way out and run on the "ignorance is bliss" ticket.
We understand Cr Loft is promoting CSG mining just north of Maryborough to support a new industry involving sugarcane.
This would be admirable if he could investigate some alternative energy source and not just take the easy way out without any consideration for the consequences.
We need people who can think beyond the box and seek information before making decisions and comment.
BRIAN LINFORTH - Aldershot