Mining dongas near Wheatvale have caused concern in recent days though they are reported to only be passing through.
Mining dongas near Wheatvale have caused concern in recent days though they are reported to only be passing through. Jenna Cairney

Readers dig deep on mining

THE debate about mining in Pratten got louder this week, with no less than 20 comments posted on the Daily News website by readers all wishing to voice their thoughts.

Readers posted all angles of the mining debate, some advocated for the industry in the region and others retorted to scathing comments.

"This is fantastic for the region," betweenthelines from Amiens wrote.

"Each region must play its part in the growth of the world.

"I hear comments such as 'we need farmers to grow the food for the world' however when it comes to mining we see this old school mentality rear its ugly head. How much environmental damage has been done with the current farming practices?"

Farmerjack from Hampton agreed that mining was important to all communities, using the analogy "you can't eat coal for breakfast but you need it to cook your toast".

He said farmers were more efficient these days because of things like electricity and diesel, all an offshoot of some form of mining.

Many readers were opposed to mining exploration permits in the region.

Pratten Post editor Marianne Irvine reiterated using people power to halt mining companies infiltrating the area and said drilling might threaten our water resources.

"We can't allow one tiny bit of risk to our underground water, to our ability to grow food or to the totally precious environment," she said.

"No short-term gain from drilling is worth the long-term pain of regret once water reserves are contaminated.

"We can't risk water resources."

Seeing both sides of the debate was Amiens reader Alphatwelve70, who admitted it was a touchy subject.

"The chances of it being approved are good and if the mining company finds what it wants there's a good chance it'll be extracted," the reader wrote.

"Can you stop it? I think not. They will win eventually. It's about dollars and the government wants those dollars.

"Don't get me wrong, I love what we have and the environment too, but sometimes both parties can co-exist."

Darryl Evans from Warwick stated councillors could use this opportunity to lobby the State Government for infrastructure and asked for the stance of elected officials.

Councillor Vic Pennisi wrote: "We need to protect our food producing land for future food security and we need to give people the right to continue producing food. They're the most important people on Earth."

Cr Pennisi had felt the direct impacts of mining, having lost previous employees when he ran a business.

"The benefits from mining should also be spread to all Australians, not just the east coast or where it's being extracted," he wrote.

Councillor candidate Mary Rofe had her two bobs on the issue, saying it was "difficult to see where" all the mining discussion was leading.

"What we do with our land should be up to us," she wrote.

"No government should dictate how we dispose of or use our land unless it is for illegal issues. This argument should be about regaining our constitutional right to determine our how land is used."


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