Rally & march 10am Saturday 2 August 2014
Parliament House, followed by march to Victoria Square
South Australia has only 4.6% agricultural land outside of pastoral areas. Our farming production areas are being invaded by shale gas exploration in the South East of SA, mineral exploration and proposed mining for iron ore, copper and other minerals on Eyre Peninsula and Yorke Peninsula. Plus oil and gas exploration is being allowed off shore near Kangaroo Island, only around 10 km off our SA coastline.
These exploration and proposed projects are a major threat to our groundwater aquifers, surface water, soil and air. We want to maintain our clean, green food bowl, water and tourism which should be held in trust for generations to come. Currently, land owners in South Australia have virtually NO rights to say NO to mining and petroleum exploration on their properties, even if they don’t want it. This is unfair! We want the laws changed to protect our food bowl.
The rally and march will be held to help support and protect our agricultural, viticultural and ocean communities. We strongly urge everyone in rural areas as well as city areas to come and join us.
At 9.45am we will meet on the steps of Parliament House. Short speeches will commence at 10am followed by a march to Victoria Square.
The rally and march will be orderly and law abiding. Adelaide City Council will provide parking for farm machinery eg tractors, trucks, if people would like to bring them. Please let Anne Daw know.
- Media – Anne Daw
- Limestone Coast Protection Alliance www.protectlimestonecoast.org.au
- Stop Invasive Mining Group Eyre Peninsula – Bronte Gregurke
- Yorke Peninsula Land Owners Group yplandowners.com.au
In the lead up to the rally in August, people will be hand delivering letters to the Minister of Minerals and Energy opposing coal, gas and mineral mining on prime agricultural and cropping land throughout SA and giving landowners rights to say No under legislation.
Details: Wednesday, 2nd July Adelaide visit to ground floor office of Minister Koutsantonis (Minister of Minerals and Energy) at State Administration Centre, 200 Victoria Square, Adelaide at just before 12 noon. This is building next to Flinders University Building.
This is a sample letter – please write your own. If you cant make it on the day, 2nd July, please email letter to Minister on that day or ring his office up. This way you are still heard.
Phone 08 8226 1866 or Fax 08 8226 1896
or post the letter Postal Address: GPO Box 2264, ADELAIDE 5001
And in good news in the South East, all 7 local councils have voted for a moratorium and are asking for ” landowners to have the rights to say no” to be enshrined in Legislation in SA. See SELGA Media Release Unconventional Gas for full details.