OPINION: Jobs versus Reef as Carmichael Mine approved

Adani Carmichael Mine.
Adani Carmichael Mine. Sam Panthaky

I SIT on the fence when it comes to the recent approval of Adani's Carmichael Mine.

There has been quite a large amount of uproar from people in the community about its approval and opposing that, there has also been a fair share of fist pumps.

I understand that our World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef could be in dire straits if the dredging, coal shipping and mining continue.

But I also understand that a large amount of Australia's exports are from mining and ultimately our lives would be very different without coal and subsequently, those exports.

In the tourism and mining industry people rely on both of those resources for income and there are plenty of towns which rely on both of these industries to survive, I live in one of them.

Everyone has a varying opinion and it's the politicians and Greens activists who are in fisticuffs over this exact topic and it will be our politicians who will have the final say.

Do we trust them enough to make the right decision?

Aussie model Robyn Lawley yesterday made international headlines when she posed naked with a message on her stomach which said 'Stop coal mining'.

I idolise Robyn. I believe she has achieved a lot for promoting body image, and good on her for bringing awareness to this mine approval to those who wouldn't have known otherwise.

However, I do wonder whether she and others understand the implications and the cost if all those employed in the mining industry lost their jobs?

How much would that unemployment cost our country?

Or does that not really matter because we are dealing with our precious, natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef?

One thing I do know; stomping our feet, posing naked with messages on our belly, protesting and bad-mouthing each other isn't going to stop dredging, shipping or mining!

Why can't those in opposing opinions sit down with scientists and sort out a logical solution that would suit both of our resources?

Do you oppose the approval of Carmichael Mine?

This poll ended on 08 August 2014.

Current Results

Yes, of course


No, our region needs this mine


I'm also sitting on the fence


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


Letitia Commerford is the digital producer at the Daily Mercury in Mackay. 

Topics:  adani carmichael mine great barrier reef mackay

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