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Brisbane Food security forum & march: The farmers come to town!

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Brisbane Food security forum & march: The farmers come to town!

Time: March 12, 2012 from 12pm to 2pm
Location: Brisbane Convention Centre
City/Town: South Brisbane
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Event Type: forum, political
Organized By: Alan Jones
Latest Activity: Mar 12, 2012

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Event Description

Four intelligent and courageous Queensland women talk to Alan Jones about their experiences dealing with coal or coal seam gas companies and the impact this has on their families and communities.

  • · Tanya Plant, Acland farmer: Raising children in the shadow of a mine
  • · Katie Lloyd: a farmer from the heart of Gasland - what is it like to live in the middle of a gas field?
  • · Ruth Armstrong: Cotton and grain irrigation farmer fighting coal seam gas on the Condamine flood plain
  • · Debbi Orr: Fighting for her family against coal seam gas on the Tara residential estate.


Candidates from the seat of Ashgrove, including LNP leader Campbell Newman and former Labor Environment Minister Kate Jones, will be asked to give their responses to Lock the Gate telling us what they would do to control the irresponsible impacts of mining and coal seam gas.

This will be a combination of the country coming to the city, discussion about coal and gas as well as members of Lock The Gate Alliance taking action in the city by throwing their hats down.


The Katter Australia Party and the Queensland Greens will have agreed to attend the Forum and will have an opportunity outline their policies and commitments.

The farmers will be having a billy tea at Ashgrove prior to the Forum and will be throwing their hats down to express how they have been treated by the LNP.

After the Food Security Forum everyone will march to the Executive Building to send a clear message to the Government who has enabled the current policies.

If your group would like to have an information table

If you are keen to volunteer

For further information please email Cassie Mahon: or phone 0404 677 781

What is the Hats Action??? Watch this

To hear Alan Jones speak about coal and gas issues at the National Press

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Comment by gabrielle austerberry on March 12, 2012 at 15:45

We have just been to the Food Security forum against Coal Seam Gas in the Darling Downs, all of Queensland and the Scenic Rim/ Logan area.

It was a stream of unbelievable stories from real people living through it, right here in Queensland, from the area where most of your vegies and milk come from.
Essentially a mining company goes into an area, pays a consultant who puts in a report which leads to a permit which leads to a mine on property from farmers who do NOT have the right to say no. So a mine rises up 2 km from your house, the toxins get into the rivers and aquifer, your children get ill with massive headaches and gushing nosebleeds from the constant noise and light, you live in fear of fire because of gas leaking everywhere, the company promises jobs but the opposite happens. Communities move away and before you know it there are no people left in town and thus no jobs. you can't protest because the mine sponsors all including the yearly show. The landscape becomes one big ugly industrial desert and there is nothing you can do because there are no regulations and politiocians from both political parties have allowed this to happen.
In a nutshell, Coal Seam Gas projects are bad because:
  • Toxic for land, people, products
  • Dangerous noise and fire levels
  • Destroying communities, disappearing them
  • Destroying democracy because a. it never asked permission, never consulted the towns, there is no audit list of plans, there are lies and regulation is not happening
  • plans exist to triple the amount and it is all on prime farming land
  • Only benefiting foreign share holders and thus seen as un-australian
  • A finite resources as opposed to Beyond Zero emissions plan which gives plenty jobs and future free energy
  • Totally and utterly unproven to be safe in any which way. Research has not been done, anecdotal evidence is plentiful, NSW has banned fracking as have many overseas countries.
It has brought together a most unlikely strange group of people, parties and organisations. As it was put by one of them, Don't really care who supports, just stop it. this is not about left or right, this is about right or wrong. Vote for anyone other than the main 2 parties cause neither will even look at this to see if there should be a stop while the science is investigated. That is all the farmers are asking for: an independent investigation. How more democratic can one get? is the ABC website factual overview that was upheld by the courts as not being biased.
The news tonight should be good as all major networks were present. Thousands of people marched with us and it was exhilarating to be with so many sensible people. I don't think we'll be on it but it was great to be there. Please spread the word and vote for what is right, not for what is right (LNP) or left (Labour) because neither are up to this task.
If these areas disappear as our food source, we will pay a lot more for our fresh food!
Check it all out for yourself, do not take my word for it. 
Comment by gabrielle austerberry on March 9, 2012 at 17:51

That should read: when the lot march to Anna.

Comment by gabrielle austerberry on March 9, 2012 at 17:50

Have since found out a bit more.

At 10.30 the Country buses will pull up at Campbell Newmans' office on 155 Waterworks Ashgrove to throw down hats  as per Kerry Blockade.

At 12 all convene at the Conventions Centre, till 1.1.5 when the lost march to Anna Bligh's office in West End. 

This is big. How can we get it on as much news as possible?

Who can come? We need YOU!

Cassie McMahon Comment by Cassie McMahon on March 5, 2012 at 22:51

Thanks for your support Scarlett, such a shame that you are soo far away.  We had feedback from farmers and city folk that they wanted more than a talkfest...we need action.  The "hats action" resonates with many aussies, especially the farmers.

Comment by Scarlett on March 5, 2012 at 18:15

I'm into it. I always like a good march - but I can't come, because I'm in country Victoria now. Initially I was sceptical because it looked like just a forum (not a march), sounded like it was going to be Alan does Oprah.

I hope you have a big turnout, and all the evil/ stupid/ out of touch (from privileged military backgrounds for example) politicians who think about money over people (or who just can't deal with actual people at all) and the environment get voted out as a result. 

Cassie McMahon Comment by Cassie McMahon on March 5, 2012 at 17:20

Alan Jones comes from Acland on the Darling Downs.  His vibrant rural community only has 1 resident remaining in the township and many of the farmers surrounding Acland have moved on.  Tanya Plant is one of the last farmers remaining.  Please listen to Alan Jones' address to the National Press Club (I had to imagine it was Vandana Shiva's voice speaking initially).

This is an event organised by Lock the Gate Alliance and GetUp.
I'm one of the main organisers and would really appreciate if you could  come along.  Maybe you would also like to volunteer, have an information stall and spread the word.  Thankyou for doing your bit to create food security.

Comment by Scarlett on March 5, 2012 at 16:32

ok, ok, i guess it will be good then

absolutely re no coal seam gas and what on earth do politicians think we're going to eat when all the aquifers and farmland is poisoned? 

hopefully if people turn out in big numbers the politicians might actually pay attention...(not sure the big corporations ever will...don't buy their shares!!)

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 3, 2012 at 16:44

Not sure what 'Lock the Gate' has to do with this - there's no mention of it on their website. But Slow Food  Sunshine Coast Hinterland branch has tweeted about it.

Comment by gabrielle austerberry on March 1, 2012 at 12:38

But according to my sources he is. This came from a very good source. Maybe he has seen the light???

Comment by Scarlett on March 1, 2012 at 12:27

cripes - he's unlikely to be sympathetic to an environmental point of view!

not a big fan of Alan Jones...

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