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Hop on the Clean Air Train!

Lock the Gate Alliance
Your right to a Coal Dust Free Toowoomba-Public Forum  

100 000 uncovered coal wagons pass through Toowoomba every year and it may get much worse.
It’s time to take action.

Clean Air Queensland are fighting for the right of Toowoomba and Darling Downs residents to live without industrial pollution in their homes, schools and workplace.

CAQ have an important meeting planned on coal dust pollution in Toowoomba this Thursday the 24th of July, 7pm- 8.15pm at Holy Name Primary School Hall. Rosewood Street entrance.

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These picture of blasting at Acland Coal mine on the Darling Downs proves that giant clouds of toxic gas and dust are regularly billowing out of the mine. These dust clouds contain dangerous chemicals from explosives as well as other poisons and heavy metals and can be deadly.

The bright orange colour is very surreal and gives a clue to how toxic the dust cloud is. The blast chemicals used are thought to cause the colour and contains nitrogen dioxide which if  if inhaled turns into nitric acid! in the lungs. Farmers for miles round Acland have been exposed to these chemicals on a regular basis. There is every reason to think that the chemicals are still present in the uncovered coal trains.

New Hope coal mine surrounds the township of Acland and is only a few kilometres from Oakey. The neighbouring township of Jondaryan is  within 1km of the enormous and uncovered Jondaryan coal stockpile.

50 km away in Toowoomba, 100 000+ uncovered coal wagons pass through the centre of town every year and it looks like there is worse to come with more coal mines planned across the Darling Downs.

Clean Air Campaigner Michael Kane will be presenting at the meeting with representatives from Doctors for the environment and Lock the Gate.

Meeting starts at 7pm at the Holy Name primary school hall (Rosewood Street entrance) .

Please spread the word about this important community action on your networks.

Michael Kane and Clean Air Queensland

Michael has been monitoring coal dust pollution from Jondaryan to the Port of Brisbane and is now campaigning to protect Queensland families from the health effects of coal dust from inappropriate mining and coal transport.

This is your opportunity to get involved and learn more about the growing Clean Air Queensland campaign to cover coal trains, stockpiles and stop coal mining close our homes and suburbs. You will be invited to share your own stories about the effects that 150 000 uncovered coal wagons are having on our homes and health.

Currently 9 million tonnes of uncovered coal passes through Toowoomba every year. This number is set to double within  the next 12 months with the expansion of Acland and other coal mines coming on-line in south-east Queensland.

The Toowoomba meeting follows Clean Air community forums in Yeerongpilly, Wynnum, Jondaryan, Morningside, Corinda and the recent South Brisbane meeting.

Community groups are now forming all along the SEQ coal corridor as a result of these gatherings. Toowoomba is next!

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A few facts

  • Uncovered coal trains and stockpiles release significant amounts of particulate pollution into the air.
  • There is no safe level of exposure to particulate pollution.
  • A Federal Government inquiry recommended tighter regulation, better health assessments, and that all coal trains be covered.
  • 9 million tonnes of coal is transported by uncovered trains through the suburbs of Brisbane each year, with the State Government planning to expand this to up to 20 million tonnes.
  • In a major city in a developed country like Australia, we should expect world’s best practice for dust mitigation – covering coal wagons and stockpiles.
  • Particulate pollution could be reduced by putting lids on coal trains, limiting the number of trains coming through Brisbane, and by covering the stockpiles.
  • More than half of the coal coming through Brisbane is coming from New Hope’s New Acland coal mine.
  • Despite a pre-election commitment to the contrary, the New Acland mine is being allowed to proceed with expansion plans that would see another 2.7 million tonnes of coal coming through Brisbane annually.

Quote from Campbell Newman:

“…I think there’s a time in the not too distant future where the community will be right to start to demand the wagons are closed.” – Nov 20 2012

Good Campaigning,

Michael Kane
Clean Air Queensland
Community Organiser.
cleanairqueensland@gmail.com
www.cleanairqueensland.org
https://www.facebook.com/cleanairqld

Clean Air Queensland http://www.lockthegate.org.au/
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