BIG ISSUE: One Nation leader Pauline Hanson at the Rosewood District Protection Organisation’s forum at the Rosewood Uniting Church.
BIG ISSUE: One Nation leader Pauline Hanson at the Rosewood District Protection Organisation’s forum at the Rosewood Uniting Church. Kate Czerny

Candidates vow to help fight mining across Ipswich region

IPSWICH West and Lockyer candidates have pledged their support to Rosewood residents against coal mining in the region at a meeting on Sunday.

Rosewood District Protection Organisation invited candidates to hear their concerns about mining plans in the Ebenezer, Bremer Valley and Mt Walker regions.

Ursula Monseigneur of the RDPO said they wanted to get mining leases removed from the area.

"We want an extinguishment of the mining leases to provide certainty; it's better for tourism development, property values and jobs," Ms Monseigneur said.

Lockyer Labor candidate Steve Leese said Lockyer MP Ian Rickuss of the LNP was the chair of the parliamentary committee, which recommended the removal of rights of some groups to object to mining.

"His (Ian Rickuss') absence today speaks volumes about his concerns for the issues," he said.

Ipswich West LNP MP Sean Choat said he wanted the region to be known for tourism not mining.

"I believe Queensland is big enough for mining, we don't need it here in south-east Queensland," Mr Choat said.

The Rosewood District Protection Organisation held a forum at the Rosewood Uniting Church about mining in the area. Chris Reynolds, One Nation candidate for West Ipswich addresses the group. Photo: Kate Czerny / The Queensland Times
The Rosewood District Protection Organisation held a forum at the Rosewood Uniting Church about mining in the area. Chris Reynolds, One Nation candidate for West Ipswich addresses the group. Photo: Kate Czerny / The Queensland Times Kate Czerny

Lockyer Katter candidate Dave Neuendorf said he stood on his council record of stopping the power station at Gatton.

"I'm so passionate about that, I'm a third generation farmer and I'm here to support the people of the Lockyer and I won't let them down," Mr Neuendorf said.

Labor Ipswich West candidate Jim Madden said healthy waterways were critical issues.

"My philosophy is to leave this world for our children and those who come after us," he said.

One Nation Ipswich West candidate Chris Reynolds said they were concerned about multinational companies.

"We understand the impact on land, the impact on prices of people's properties, the traffic to mines, the pipelines crossing the land and of course the impact of the power stations," Mr Reynolds said.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson was last of the candidates to speak. Ms Hanson said she supported the group in their endeavours but wanted to understand the issue better.

"Overall there should be no coal seam gas mining, no open cut mining," Ms Hanson said.