Farmers staggered at news that Carmichael mine may be on finance fast-track

1 November 2018. Queensland farmers have reacted with anger to news that Adani may be just weeks away from securing finance for their scaled-back Carmichael mega-mine.

Farmers for Climate Action CEO Verity Morgan-Schmidt said farmers have had enough of their future viability being put at risk.

“Extractive industries like the proposed Carmichael mine threaten the precious groundwater supplies that underpin agriculture in central Queensland,” Ms Morgan-Schmidt said.

“Farmers in the region are already grappling with one of the longest droughts on record. It is time the Queensland and Federal governments stood up and defended central Queensland agriculture as the backbone of regional prosperity.”

Farmers for Climate Action has developed an advertising campaign calling on politicians to grapple with the challenges of climate change and support a sustainable future for regional Queensland. The campaign is due to begin airing on Channel Seven during the Melbourne Cup this Tuesday.

Garnant beef farmer Mick Alexander, who features in the advertisement, said he was staggered by the news, especially given federal scientists have identified massive gaps in Adani’s water research.

“This issue is about much more than the Carmichael Mine. If Adani does get a green light, then this will likely open up the whole of the Galilee Basin to extractive industries.

“There has been no cumulative impact assessment to determine the likely groundwater impacts as a result of these projects. Yet, Adani is set to steamroll ahead.

“We need our leaders to show that they have a vision to move Queensland beyond coal.”

Farmers for Climate Action is raising funds to extend the reach of its campaign. In the first 24 hours, it had raised more than $5000 from supporters demanding government action on climate. The video and campaign can be viewed here.