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Thursday, 29 March 2012 15:31

Documentary on coal and gas mining expansion

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For the people at Bimblebox Nature Refuge the experience of intrusive coal exploration is all too real: their nature refuge lies in the path of the world’s largest coal mines. They decided that the best way to resist the “China First” project would be to show Aussies what has happening in their backyard.

Bimblebox Nature Refuge is a peaceful 8000 hectare sanctuary in central-west Queensland (hear the sounds of Bimblebox bird song at dawn here). It is composed of remnant semi-arid woodlands with an understorey largely made up of native shrubs, forbs and grasses, and has a rich diversity of birds, reptiles and other animals. In May 2011 a flock of endangered Black Throated Finch (Poephila cincta cincta) was sighted on Bimblebox, which has been confirmed by Birds Australia.

The Bimblebox Nature Refuge is threatened by a massive new coal development proposed by Waratah Coal, owned by mining billionaire Clive Palmer. In late September 2011 the company released its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for its ‘China First’ mine (otherwise known as the ‘Galilee Coal Project’). It outlines a proposal to extract 40 mega-tonnes of coal per year, which would be transported on a yet-to-be-built 468km rail line up to Abbot Point and shipped through the Great Barrier Reef on its way to China where it will be burnt for energy generation. The ambitious and polluting plan has not yet received formal government approval.

Bimblebox will be screening in Mackay on 1 April, in Townsville on 17 April, in Barcaldine on 21 April, in Longreach on 22 April and in Sydney on 7 May.

For more details on screening times see click on this link.