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10 June, 2021

Environmentalists hand letter to Federal Dawson MP

CONCERNED environmentalists today handed letters to the office of Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen, about the impact of Clive Palmer's proposed coal mine project.

The Mackay Conservation Group are concerned about the environmental impact of the proposed coal mine

Mackay Conservation Group coordinator Peter McCallum said today's action had a good turnout, where a dozen people showed up.

"Members of Mackay Conservation Group and our local (Mackay) community came to George Christensen's office to deliver letters, requesting him to represent our views to the Environment Minister," Mr McCallum said.

"(They are) asking her to reject the proposed coal mine at the Styx River that Clive Palmer is putting forward.

"The mine, if it was built, would be less than 10km from the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area and the catchment for the Broad Sound, which is (a) fish habitat area of major signficance that provides habitat for marine life, but also economic opportunity for fishermen and recreational fishermen."

He said other people chose to write their letters online.

"Other people have written letters online as well and across the country: there are people representing their same views to the environment minister, that this project shouldn't proceed," he said.

"It's hard to think of anything more ridiculous than building a mine, less than 10km from the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area.

"If you're going to build a coal mine, that is the worst place to put it.

"The expert scientific panel that reviewed the environmental impact assessment agrees with us.

"They say the damage that would occur from this mine could not be mitigated - there's no way to stop the damage if a cyclone hit the minesite and coal affected water ended up flowing into the reef."

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