“Having your family and community in a gasfield is a worrying thing. The mining companies bring nothing to the table. We’ve asked them, ‘What can you give us?’ and they can’t answer.
"As a whole this community naively felt this area is so special and so important as an agricultural resource that there’s no way in the world that there’ll ever be mining here; like it’s just stupid.”
I moved to Jondaryan to enjoy my twilight years but coal mining has destroyed my life. My house is about a kilometre from the coal stockpile and train line. Millions of tonnes of uncovered coal wagons pass through the town every year and that’s going to increase.
Last year Bruce and Annette Currie went to the QLD Land Court to protect their groundwater and therefore their cattle business from a mining development nearby. This huge and courageous effort resulted in a number of extra conditions being placed on the project to monitor and hopefully protect neighbour's groundwater.