Member for Toowoomba North Kerry Shine is encouraging people concerned about mining explorations being carried out in the local area to apply for deputations at the upcoming Community Cabinet in Toowoomba on Sunday, March 13th.
Mr Shine said he had already raised the issue with the new Minister for Mining, Stirling Hinchliffe, and was keen for people who had questions about the process to raise them with the Minister.
“Community Cabinet is a chance for locals to speak to Ministers directly about issues they may have, and I think that’s clearly what should happen here,” Mr Shine says.
“This is a very important issue in our local area and I want to make sure the community takes advantage of this opportunity to put their views forward.
“While I understand mining brings jobs to the local area, we need to protect the places where people live.
“Explorations may never progress to actual mines and there are plenty of opportunities for people to have their say if a company wants to start a mine.”
People requesting deputations about mining or other issues should contact the Toowoomba North Electorate Office on 4638 5755.