RECORD TURNOUT: Goomboorian residents at Saturday’s meeting.
RECORD TURNOUT: Goomboorian residents at Saturday’s meeting. Contributed

Strong opposition to coal seam gas

A RECORD crowd of Goomboorian residents demonstrated strong opposition to coal and gas mining on Saturday, protest organisers have said.

Resident Bronwyn Marsh said more than 250 people attended the meeting at Goomboorian Hall, with only a few in favour of possible future coal mining and coal seam gas extraction in the area.

"Hall committee president Brian Day said it was the biggest crowd in the hall in years," Ms Marsh said yesterday.

"It doubled the hall membership in one afternoon and Lock the Gate Alliance representative for south-east Queensland, Julie Devine, said it was the biggest comparable crowd the organisation had ever rallied.

"It was the biggest turnout they'd had at any of the community meetings they have held in regional Queensland.

"It was almost unanimous among landholders that they do not want coal or CSG.

"Lock the Gate don't have any figures for sales of signs and badges because they had such a rush of customers," she said.

People attended from as far as Pomona, Tin Can Bay and Kin Kin, she said.

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