You’re invited to a public forum this Wednesday night in Corinda to learn more about the health effects of coal dust in suburban Brisbane.
Currently 3500 uncovered coal trains every year travel through Brisbane to the port. This number is set to substantially increase with the expansion of Acland and other coal mines coming on-line in south-east Queensland.
The Corinda meeting follows the successful community forums in Yeerongpilly, Wynnum, Jondaryan and the recent Morningside meeting. Community groups are now forming all along the SEQ coal corridor as a result of these meetings.
Morningside health Forum 24.5.2014
Please feel welcome to join us and hear about the expansion of the local coal industry, health impacts from coal dust pollution and latest news from the Coal Dust Free Brisbane campaign.
When and Where
Wednesday, 11th of June from 6.00pm to 7.30pm at St Johns Lutheran Church Corner of Clewly Street and Oxley Road.
Doctors for the Environment – Dr Karin English
Clean Air Queensland – Michael Kane
This is an important event in the Coal Dust Free Brisbane campaign. Please join us this Wednesday evening and share this invitation with your networks.
A few facts
- Uncovered coal trains and stockpiles release significant amounts of particulate pollution into the air.
- There is no safe level of exposure to particulate pollution.
- A Federal Government inquiry recommended tighter regulation, better health assessments, and that all coal trains be covered.
- 9 million tonnes of coal is transported by uncovered trains through the suburbs of Brisbane each year, with the State Government planning to expand this to up to 20 million tonnes.
- In a major city in a developed country like Australia, we should expect world’s best practice for dust mitigation – covering coal wagons and stockpiles.
- Particulate pollution could be reduced by putting lids on coal trains, limiting the number of trains coming through Brisbane, and by covering the stockpiles.
- More than half of the coal coming through Brisbane is coming from New Hope’s New Acland coal mine.
- Despite a pre-election commitment to the contrary, the New Acland mine is being allowed to proceed with expansion plans that would see another 2.7 million tonnes of coal coming through Brisbane annually.
Quote from Campbell Newman:
“…I think there’s a time in the not too distant future where the community will be right to start to demand the wagons are closed.” – Nov 20 2012
Clean Air Queensland
Clean Air Queensland http://www.lockthegate.org.au/