This amazing area- the Sunshine Coast hinterland- is still relatively unspoiled by ‘progress’, and many of us realise just how fortunate we are to live here. That the nature of the place draws people of a certain type, or that the passers-by who come to stay choose not to leave, either way its inhabitants are certainly blessed.
Dotted through this landscape are the communities where ordinary folk ‘make’ the many small towns the special places they are. In one little town, called Cooran, one group of locals were shocked to discover an impending threat to their district- that of mining; digging, prospecting boring, drilling: certainly not in keeping with the area. Determined to stand against this intrusion they banded together, and now work hard to protect and to preserve this beautiful locality.
This small but powerful group- called Cooran Earth Rights, have taken on the responsibility of raising the awareness of neighbouring communities as well as their own, so others can be informed and thus empowered if faced with the same unwelcome visitors. At present, the Great Sandy Strait adjacent to Fraser Island is under threat from the proposed expansion of an old coal mine, the New Hope Colton coal mine near Maryborough.
This beautiful world heritage area must be protected, and Cooran Earth Rights is standing alongside other action groups to protest its going ahead.
If you would like to know more about what CER do, or would like to find out how you too can help, Cooran Earth Rights meet every fortnight at Human Movement Therapies, 30 King St., Cooran