Farmers Prepared to Face Jail to Keep Mining Companies Out

A group of southern Queensland farmers say they are prepared to face jail in their fight against coal and gas mining in their area.

A group of southern Queensland farmers say they are prepared to face jail in their fight against coal and gas mining in their area.

Today they brought their protest to the politicians, campaigning outside Parliament House to launch the Lock The Gate campaign.

They have accused the mining industry of being narrow minded in their quest for their land and argue that lives depend on their output.

“You can’t eat coal for breakfast, so there needs to be some balance there” Lee McNicholl from the Dulacca Action Group said.

Dayne Pratzky, from the Western Downs Alliance says farmers will continue to fight for their land, and today told the Liberal National Party (LNP) they have failed rural communities.

“They’re going to need a lot more than a piece of paper and a bulldozer to get into our homes,” he said.

Mr Pratzky today confronted Queensland Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek with their protest at a press conference.

He warns that if the government fails to act, they will soon face hundreds of angry farmers who will wage a program of non-cooperation to keep mining companies off their properties.

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