This is about mining our (aussie) farmlands - the damage it does to farmland and the environment, to families and rural communities. I'm lucky that our farm is not directly threatened (at the moment.... the big survey planes scanned our area for mining potential last year.... we seriously considered bringing out the shotgun and taking a potshot at the low flying bastards.... but I digress...)
For those of you not aware - Australian farmers do not own the mineral rights on their properties. This is controlled by the government (generally this means State government) - and the government can (as it does) give any company it favours open slather on our farms. Our nation's prime farmlands are being turned into mining wastelands and farming families and rural communities are tossed aside without a thought (and even less financial compensation... not that your heritage has a price tag). All for a minuscule mining royalty (please follow the given links for all the facts and figures - including the percentage of overseas ownership of mining operations). It is a desperate and dreadful situation and one that I feel personally incensed by.
When Sophie asked if I would share a poster in support of the cause I agreed without hesitation. Later today I will be sharing this with my email contacts, my fb friends, and with tumblr and twitter followers, and I hope that some will stop and consider the plight of farmers and consider what all this mining means. I hope that many of you will stand in solidarity - show your support by spreading the message, or (for little aussies everywhere) contact your local state and federal member and demand immediate change.
This is not something that only affects a handful of farmers far from anywhere - this is (Y)OUR food supply, this is (Y)OUR land, this is (Y)OUR heritage, this is (Y)OUR future, this is (Y)OUR issue.
links with info and further ways to be involved:
'Lock the Gate' Alliance
You -Tube (aerial view of Tara in Qld - take a look at what gas seam mining means...)
(please feel free to share the info in this post with every person you know)