The water that farmers and graziers rely on for their livelihoods is under threat, yet governments are refusing to act.
Right now, Adani’s proposal for a “groundwater dependent ecosystem management plan” in the Galilee Basin risks setting a dangerous precedent for farmers and graziers across Queensland.
Scientists are concerned Adani’s Carmichael mine could permanently dry up local springs in the area. And the government’s own research into the cumulative impacts of 7 of the 17 proposed mines for the Galilee region found a more than 95% chance of changing water flows in the local river basin.
It is crazy that these mines are even being considered as much of this part of Queensland remains gripped in severe drought. Without access to water, Central Queensland farmers and communities will not survive future droughts.
Adani’s water proposal requires sign off from both State and Federal Environment Ministers.
A fortnight ago, we asked our supporters to help us get an open letter in the newspaper from Queensland farmers opposing Adani’s groundwater plan.
We wanted to book a full page ad in Queensland Country Life to send a clear message to Ministers Price and Enoch: do not approve the Adani mine until more thorough research into the impact on water is conducted.
We were aiming to raise the $6500 it costs to get our open letter in the Queensland Country Life. But good news — we raised $9000 — almost enough to aim even higher and get the open letter in the Courier Mail instead. That costs $13,000.
The Courier Mail reaches many more Queenslanders, including undecided voters in marginal seats in the outer suburbs of Brisbane. Politicians seem to care more about these voters’ views than they care about farmers, so we reckon it’s worth trying to raise that final $4000 to get us over the line.
This is a message they cannot ignore -- an open letter from farmers across Queensland calling for these Ministers to protect their livelihoods. Will you chip in today and stand with Queensland farmers?
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