The whole weighting of environmental legislation, of impact assessments, of environmental approvals and of land access laws are weighted completely in favour of the mining industry and against farmers.
This is the most radical transformation of rural Queensland since the 19th century.
Dulacca farmer and community leader Lee McNichol said:
The scales of justice are seriously tilted against the farming community, the community in general, and against good environmental regulation.
We have to make a stand now to address some of these issues.
Organic farmer Graham Back said widespread mining activity would make it impossible for growers to access certificates as organic growers.
John Erbacher of Wandoan said the district was expected to host Australia's biggest coal mine and CSG exploration:
For the generations of the future, we need food, (but) do we need coal?
Graham Clapham of the Save Our Darling Downs group said landholders are angry and confused about the CSG industry:
We're angry because the government has forced us to the drastic step of locking our farm gates and we're confused because we can't understand why our government is so keen to grant unlimited rights to foreign multinational mining companies that are not available to Queensland citizens.
Dayne Pratzky of the Western Downs Alliance said miners have been locked out of their rural residential estates near Tara and Chinchilla, home to 3000 people:
If the government want to take us on ... they can try and bulldoze us, but they're going to need a lot more than a piece of paper and a bulldozer to get into our homes.
They're our homes, it's where we live, it's not an industrial zone.
Support the Lock the Gates campaign here.
Or find out more information:
Farmers to ‘lock the gates’ on mining companies (GLW, 28/11/10)
Protesters 'lock the gate' on gas exploration (Brisbane Times, 27/11/10)
Poor Qld town vows to fight coal gas (SMH, 26/11/10)
Protestors fire first shot (the Chronicle, 26/11/10)
Anti-Qld gas exploration demo planned (SMH, 25/11/10)
Farmers in southern Queensland, Australia are willing to be jailed as part of their protest campaign against planned coal and gas mining in the region. (Azomining)