TURNING THE INNER DOWNS INTO ONE BIG QUARRY? NO WAY HOZAY! A viable coal project has to tick every box for the end product Size and quality of the resource Existing or potential infrastructure + inputs ?? Environmental impacts XX Availability of enough space XX Community acceptance XXXX License to operate ????? Market Getting a License to Establish a Large Mining Project in Qld Strategic Cropping Land Act (2011) Environmental Impact Study (EIS) including an Impact Mitigation Strategy Environmental Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) Social and political acceptability Key aspects of Strategic Cropping Land A story of capitulation & excessive compromise Meant to protect the of best cropping land from permanent alienation (see Google maps) Trigger maps and zones (Eastern Darling Downs) Criteria (1.slope, 2.rockiness, 3.micro-relief, 4.soil depth, 5.drainage, 6.soil pH, 7.chloride content, 8.water storage) X delicate tipping points Validation – by an independent 3rd party at cost Achievements of Friends of Felton Four years of opposition; >100 members; money in the bank; dynamic web site; linkages to other action groups; media savvy; 100% committed to victory We have revealed the EIS assessment process as a biased and deficient tool of development Got the agro-political industry to join our protest against the manner in which mining is entering and desecrating rural Qld Kept Ambre Energy looking out of place Why not coal mining RIGHT HERE? Too many people would be adversely affected without any prospect of compensation – this is a natural consequence of mine-related externalities and settlement density on the Inner Darling Downs This is a beautiful & productive place that a lot of people have chosen to call home. It is not available to large scale miners What you can do……………… Unless you want to see the Inner Darling Downs turned into another Hunter Valley, don’t agree to any exploration on your land – FOF has produced guidelines to assist your decision making. Join up! The only way we are going to win this fight is through clear demonstration of our opposition. If we lead, the politicians will have to follow……… Persevere until the job is done!