April 21, 2016
Moreton Resources says its Galaxy Research poll of 500 South Burnett residents shows 61 per cent believe the region would benefit from a new mine.
Moreton released the results of the poll in a media statement on Thursday morning.
The poll was conducted by telephone on April 11-14.
The results show 88 per cent of the region’s residents are now aware of Moreton’s proposal.
Of those who support the project, 79 per cent do so because they believe it will create jobs in the area, while the remainder believe it will lead to economic growth.
Of the 24 per cent opposed, almost half (49 per cent) are concerned about the mine’s proximity to Kingaroy and its potential to create dust.
Other concerns are the destruction of agricultural land, harm to the environment and health implications.
The Moreton Resources statement said the survey negated media coverage given to a meeting held by the Kingaroy Concerned Citizens Group (KCCG) at Kingaroy Town Hall in February where 900 people in attendance voted against the project based on information provided by the KCCG.
The company said the poll showed that only 54 per cent of those who attended the Town Hall meeting were now opposed to the mine.
It said media reports and information given to government Ministers was “factually skewed and totally inaccurate” so Moreton was “extremely confident that these numbers of concerned citizens will dramatically be reduced as factual information becomes more widely apparent through the approvals process”.
The Kingaroy Concerned Citizens Group continued its campaign against the mine on Wednesday when members John Dalton and Damien O’Sullivan made a presentation to South Burnett councillors.
Mr Dalton told southburnett.com.au the KCCG wanted to present its concerns to the Council because many Councillors were new and had not attended the Town Hall meeting on February 9.
The presentation was held behind closed doors.