News

Group shares concern over re-emergence of black lung disease

THE Wide Bay Burnett Protection Alliance says it is gravely concerned, but not surprised, about reports of the re-emergence of the coal dust related disease, black lung in the Queensland coal mining industry.

Alliance spokesperson Vicki Perrin expressed her sympathy and support for workers affected and said the re-emergence of the disease was further reason why the proposed Colton Coal Mine near Maryborough should not proceed.

"It seems Black Lung disease may never have gone away, but instead its existence and potential affects have been hidden from coal miners," Ms Perrin said.

"The reports of Black Lung in Queensland validate our concerns that the Colton Coal mine will put the community's health, particularly those in Aldershot, at risk. The Colton mine also places at risk those who live along the rail line where the coal is proposed to be transported from Maryborough to Gladstone.

"We don't want a filthy coal mine fouling our air and water in this beautiful and productive region. That's why we've asked that when COAG Energy Council meets on December 4, that they give us and all others the legal right to say no to mining.

"You will find it very difficult to find one coal mine in Queensland that complies with safety standards for dust. It is quite typical, if dust is complained about, to monitor dust during shut downs or half production days. This is hardly honest practice, it's not fair to workers and communities exposed, and change can't come soon enough.

"We know that the Queensland coal industry has not been taking health concerns of its workers seriously. Residents who live close to coal facilities do not wear protection and live with coal dust 24 hours per day. We do not trust that innocent people in our communities are safe from the harmful effects of coal dust; there is no protection for community except to come together and resist.

"The case for stricter air pollution regulation in Australia is now stronger than ever. Coal companies will not be compliant without tough changes to laws and much bigger penalties for non-compliance."

Wide Bay Burnett Protection Alliance members said they were equally concerned about the health of hundreds of thousands of Queenslanders who live within a few kilometres of coal mines and coal stockpiles or live close to the millions of tonnes of uncovered coal that is transported every year by freight train through dozens of heavily populated towns and cities in Queensland.

According to National Pollution Inventory (NPI), a government website, the top five polluting coal mines in Australia are all in Queensland including the Goonyella, Peak Downs, Blackwater, Dawson and Saraji mines.

Ms Perrin said: "Particulate pollution from Queensland mines has grown 300 per cent over the last 10 years and the pollution from some mines has increased by 50 per cent in the past year."

Topics:  black lung coal mining health



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Rushed to hospital after suspected irukandji sting

DEADLY SPECIES: Andrew and Sharon Smart are relieved that their daughter Sarah is recovering well from a suspected Irukandji jellyfish sting.

Teenager survives sting that left her struggling to breathe

Local footy player fronts court accused of arson

ACCUSED: Matthew James Tanner, 30, appeared in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court charged with arson and animal cruelty. Photo Contributed

Matthew James Tanner remains in custody

Smashed by supercell on Bruce Hwy: DASHCAM FOOTAGE

Large hailstones and damaging winds cause traffic chaos

Local Partners

'He can see!' Mum's tears as boy fights Taipan bite

TWO-year-old Eli Campbell continues to amaze his parents and doctors as he bravely takes on his recovery from a near-fatal taipan bite.


What's on: Saturday, December 3

Not sure what to do today? We've got you covered

Head to the sugar museum for a sweet taste of history

Cutting the ribbon to officially open the revamped Sugar Museum at Fairymead House is Mayor Jack Dempsey and Fairymead House Team Leader Hayley Vale.

Learn about the industry that made Bundy what it is

List of gigs happening around Bundy

KEY NOTE: Country singer Alex Peden. Photo: Scottie Simmonds / NewsMail

There's a live show for everyone

Hacksaw Ridge wins big in first round of AACTA Awards

Luke Bracey and Andrew Garfield in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

THE major awards will be handed out on Wednesday night.

Paris Hilton fumes at clumsy partygoers

A reveller spilt their drink on Paris Hilton's DJ decks

Winnie Harlow isn't a role model

Winnie Harlow insists she isn't a role model.

Felicity Jones proud of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story role

Felicity Jones feels it is "important" for a woman to head Rogue One

Kiwi's plea to Ellen DeGeneres to save bakery after quake

Ellen... we need your magic.

Family had to be helicoptered out after powerful quake

Seacrest: Things are "going better" for Kim and Kanye

Ryan Seacrest says things are "going better now" for Kanye West

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Prices jump in trio of mining towns

THE boost in coal prices in the past six months has triggered a house price jump in at least three mining towns in Central Queensland.

Boost in coal prices triggers a market turnaround

INSIDE STORY: Disused pipeline stops hundreds from building

TRAIL OF TEARS: Route of the disused Santos oil pipeline which is stopping hundreds of Ipswich residents from building.

Santos responds but Tully says easements issue must be addressed

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!