“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.”
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.
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.