From High Country Herald, 4th August 2015.
The text reads:
“Queensland is in the grip of the worst drought on record with more than 80% of the state drought declared.
After three failed wet seasons, Queensland now has more areas affected by drought than any other state or territory.
32 entire local government areas and three part local governments areas (LGA’s) are currently drought declared, with another 66 Individually Droughted Property Declarations in an additional 6 LGA’s.
The harsh impacts of drought place communities, rural businesses, families, livestock, crops and the environment under extreme pressure”. HCH 4.8.15
So this begs a simple question from OCAA and many Australians, directed at the Queensland and Federal Government- why should a single coal company (which admits contributes only 7% of coal royalties from coal sales to the Crown), be allowed to utilise 9 billion litres of water per annum for the purpose of washing its filthy coal, and spraying its dusty roads?
We don’t care where the water comes from, or how much New Hope claim they ‘recycle’: many more farms will close over the life of this mine. This is a sheer travesty in a world with unprecedented need for clean water and food.