Jeff Douwes from the Gympie Water, Air and Soil Protection Group with Bendigo Bank Gympie branch president Elaine Thompson.
Jeff Douwes from the Gympie Water, Air and Soil Protection Group with Bendigo Bank Gympie branch president Elaine Thompson. Contributed

Banking on green future for Gympie

BENDIGO Bank Gympie branch has shown its support of the Gympie Water, Air and Soil Protection group in the form of a donation towards its insurance costs.

Gympie WASP representative Jeff Douwes said the group was grateful for the bank's assistance to the community.

"This donation will go towards paying our group's insurance costs, which are expensive for community groups," Mr Douwes said.

The group is concerned about the impacts to water, air, soil and community health from inappropriate coal and gas mining.

"Our group's activities include films and public forums to increase community awareness of the impacts of increasing coal and gas mining," Mr Douwes said.

"We believe our country needs to press ahead with renewable energy sources like solar and wind rather than expanding coal and gas mining."

WASP leader Adele Coombs said renewable energies provided many jobs that were sustainable into the future.

"It's completely outdated thinking that only mining creates jobs," she said.

The Gympie Water, Air & Soil Protection group is inviting federal candidates from the Wide Bay electorate to speak about how they would work towards taking the country forward into renewable energies if they were elected.

The group is planning a public forum in August where candidates will be invited to address the Gympie community about their visions for renewable energy rather than continued coal and gas mining.

Gympie Times


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