The Australian Greens today announced a plan to stop the expansion of coal seam gas and coal mining at a Lock the Gate convergence near Tara in south west Queensland.
"Hundreds of people, including Ash Grunwald and Steady Eddy, have travelled far and wide to converge here in the Surat Basin against coal seam gas and coal today," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said at the gathering.
"But the old parties just won't listen to the community's repeated, impassioned pleas to stop sacrificing our land, water and climate for the sake of the big mining companies.
"This week, Kevin Rudd made it clear he's putting the mining magnates first with his sop to big business at the National Press Club.
"Only the Greens are standing with the community, as the only major party here today, listening to the science and saying no new CSG or coal.
"The National Water Commission, CSIRO and the government's own expert panel are all warning of the impacts of coal seam gas on our groundwater.
"And the climate science couldn't be clearer - if we keep expanding coal and leaking methane from coal seam gas wells, we'll see more and more of the extreme weather events that we're all too familiar with here in Queensland.
"We have safe renewable alternatives that won't devastate our agricultural industry, regional communities and climate.
"In an age of food insecurity and at the end of the fossil fuel industry, only the Greens are looking ahead for the sake of our children and grandchildren," Senator Waters said.