The following media release from Lock The Gate is published in
PM must make good on commitment to Tara residents
November 03, 2013 -
Lock The Gate - Prime Minister, Tony Abbott must make good on promises made
to the representative of Tara estates resident, Debbi Orr, that his government
would protect people against coal seam gas development.
Mr Abbott met with Debbi Orr and LNP representative for the Maranoa Electorate,
Bruce Scott in the small western Queensland town of
Tara and heard how local residents felt their health had been affected by
pollution from nearby coal seam gas fields and how the Queensland State
Government had ignored them.
Ms Orr's children and others on the estates have been complaining of serious
health impacts for many months.
Mr Abbott promised the Federal Government would organise proper health studies
of the estates, would ensure CSG activities would not occur again near
residential areas and landowners would not be forced to sign access agreements
with CSG companies.
Lock the Gate Alliance president, Drew Hutton, who has worked closely with Tara
residents over the last four years, said the Federal Government should go
further than this.
"Because the Queensland Government allowed this massive development to go ahead
in a residential estate back in the mid-2000s is no reason why these people
should have to put up with this awful intrusion into their lives," Mr Hutton
"These residents have been fighting for over four years to keep the companies,
QGC and Origin, out of their area and their lives have been turned upside down.
"Mr Abbott should pressure the companies and the State Government to buy out
affected residents so they can now get on with their lives."