Eleanor this visit by the DG's gives our shire some hope. We are one of the shires that has been hit the hards by the Coal BOOM we dont have enough water we cant get the land down quick enough,plus we are running out of land and we are going to have coal mines up to the door step ,our sewage plant is running at 120%. there is a pipline coming from the north and not one drop has been set aside for the community but there plenty for the mines. Up to this point NO one in Brisbane has given a second thought to the township of Moranbah!.There have been letters and visit to the Premier,DNRM&W,Health,Stat e devlopment Sunwater and the list goes on. Can I say if it wasnt for Jim Pearce getting the DG's on the plane and talking to us at the coal face the problems could only get worse.Can i also say Jim isnt my local member but because he has a pasion for the coal communitys he treats us all as one. I have Moranbah with growth problems and if Clermont gets its new mine which should be announced shortly the same problem will start there as well. Belyando Shire isnt against growth but all we ask for is assittance to help manage that growth.Over the next 5 years Moranbah will grow by 50% thats a blow out in any one eyes. Help is need and need yesterday.In a media Statment on friday afternoon the D/ Premier stated that a Central QLD Coal Communities Taskforce was to be set up. Can i say this is truly a step in the right direction and if there is a seat at the table for the task force i hope that i may be ask to attend
Belyando Shire Council
Just a thought 'cos there are similar problems here with infrastructure. Why is it that there is bugger all onus on developers to contribute to the upgrade of infrastructure as part of the cost of that development. We see new subdivisions and new roads, and local infrastructure (water, gas, electricity reticulation) go in, but no contribution to electricity generation, or highway development.
Isn't that a 'cost of growth' that should be attributed to the industry responsible for it? Or is that just a little bit too hard to deal with?