Yet again, the people of Oakey are waiting to find out if the New Hope mine will go ahead or not.
Suzie Holt, who ran as an Independent candidate at the recent Federal election, saw throughout the campaign the damage this drawn out process has caused for the community. She is organising a deputation to the Queensland State Government requesting it refuse to approve the mine extension.
“At the end of the day, our region is a food bowl and farmers have been fighting this development due to concerns about the water table. Consistently throughout the campaign at a local level, water security is something that is of significant concern for our region.”
“I do not presume to speak for the community who have been dealing with this issue for 15 years. But from the people I have spoken to affected by the mine, including farmers and small business owners, the lack of leadership on this issue has caused deep divisions within the community.”
“Australians want a clean energy future and it is the path to economic prosperity. There are incredible opportunities for Australia and Groom in renewable energy and sustainable industry.”
“There is a lot that can be done at a local level by politicians and business leaders to promote opportunities for our region that reflect the future economy.”
“What is stopping our Federal or State Members from working with our influential business groups, such as Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise and Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce to make sure we are attracting industries that have longevity to our region?”
“Many regional areas that have had traditional industries like coal are forging ahead with industries of the future, such as the hydrogen hub at Gladstone and the renewable energy hub in the Hunter Valley of NSW. If we don’t set ourselves up for future success, we are going to get left behind by regions who are investing heavily now.”
Interested residents who would like to form part of the deputation can contact Suzie Holt’s office on 0480 002 814.
Independent Candidate for the Federal seat of Groom.
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