25% of Queenslanders' food is grown on the Darling Downs, just west of Brisbane and the Great Dividing Range in Southern Queensland.
Over 200 jobs are being provided at the New Acland Coal Mine.
Right now we are witnessing a struggle between food production and coal.
Landholders are objecting to the Expansion of the New Acland Coalmine to Stage 3. The case in the Queensland Land Court was the biggest environmental case in the country. The outcome still has not been decided.
Aileen Harrison, a retired farmer living on the rich plains of the Darling Downs in Southern Queensland, overcomes her fears and traumas to stop a coalmine that threatens the future of her region’s farms and their water. Aileen finds friends and allies as she battles to keep the groundwater safe for the coming generations.
Broadcast on Compass, ABCTV, September 2019.
Since the Oakey Coal Action Alliance won the Queensland Land Court case to save their land and water, New Acland Coal has appealed the decision. Unfortunately the mine convinced the Supreme Court and the Queensland Court of Appeal that the Queensland Land Court should not have groundwater as part of its considerations. The decision concerning the groundwater in the region is now sitting with the water regulator. But it is not over yet!
Meanwhile, a lot of money has changed hands . Please see http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-31/acland-mine-draft-authority-for-expansion-issued/6736146 .
The Oakey Coal Action Alliance has recently taken this case to the High Court and after the longest case ever in the Queensland Land Court, they were sent back for a third hearing.