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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

Comment Wall

Comment by Elaine coolowl on March 1, 2012 at 10:42

Which Alan Jones - the radio guy or someone else?

The website address looks weird but does get there in the end, via a querulous little window.

I'm totally in favour of what Lock the Gate is doing; I wonder if this event will act as a support - collect fund/signatures or even be a catalyst to shake up the mainstream political parties. The current State government is proposing to use gas royalties to fund education ... words fail me.

Comment by gabrielle austerberry on March 1, 2012 at 12:17

Yes the radio guy

I think they are doing the best they can

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...

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 Elaine coolowl 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 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 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 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. 

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 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!

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