Greens Senate candidate Adam Stone has called on the Fraser Coast community to step up their fight if they want to stop coal mining in the region.
Visiting the area with Wide Green Bay candidate Joy Ringrose, Stone said he was concerned with the expansion of coal seam gas and shale gas exploration licenses in the region.
"I'm sure some people simply aren't aware of the devastating impacts they would have … the Tiaro mine, for example, would be so close to the Mary River," he said.
"The Colton mine just had its water quality knocked back for the third time by the Department of Heritage Protection because of the impacts it would have on the lower Mary River and Great Sandy Strait."
Ringrose said it was time for locals to band together and fight for the local ecosystem,Fraser Coast Chronicle reported.
"I want to go to mainstream groups and explain what mining and fracking does to the environment," she said.
"These mining jobs – most of them will by fly-in fly-out. And ultimately just a drop in the bucket compared to buggering up the environment.".
Approved coal exploration permits currently stretch from Torbanlea in the north to the Sunshine Coast in the south and Gayndah in the west.
Tensions over coal seam gas mining have been growing in some parts of Queensland.
Earlier this week a scuffle between a coal seam gas protestor and a QGC contractor broke out at a blockade near Tara inQueensland yesterday.
Protestors from the Stop CSG Tara group stopped workers from leaving an accommodation camp at Chinchilla before blockading two buss loads full of workers at theKenya gas f
Protestor Dayne Pratzky said when he and another group member blocked the bus, a QGC contractor attempted to slash a protestor's tyre.
The two men were involved in a short scuffle before onlookers broke them up.
While last month protestors also blockaded a QGC drilling site near Miles and a Lock the Gate protestor chained herself to the company truck.