Six months ago, a handful people joined together and formed Cooran Earth Rights; a group now numbering over 300 members, who work collectively to ensure that Noosa hinterland is safe from both coal and gas mining. Their current aim is to extinguish the exploration permit for coal in the Cooran area, and maintain awareness of other pending exploration and drilling permits that are currently in play.
They carry out investigative tasks and engage the wider community so that all are informed to know how we can stand together to protect this beautiful region.
Far from trying to shut down the mining industry, they aim to shed light on the facts about inappropriate mining which is damaging our land, rivers and water table and robbing precious agricultural land from under our farmers.
This country already has the technology and the means for renewable energy production, yet this is being ignored by our leaders. Indeed most people are unaware of the corruption and deceit which permeates many sectors of this out-dated energy industry.
Right now the Great Sandy Strait adjacent to Fraser Island is under threat from a proposed coal mine near Maryborough. Over 50% of Queensland is under coal and gas licences and applications.
The fate of agricultural, and ecologically vulnerable areas is NOT out of our hands. As groups of people stand up against the powers who disperse control to this industry we are beginning to see positive and beneficial changes.
As Anthropologist Margaret Mead said in 1960:
‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’