Scenic Rim survey results reveal snapshot of local coal sentiment

A RECENT survey of Scenic Rim residents suggests that support for the Adani coal mine proposed for Queensland is not in the majority.

SURVEY SAYS: Keep the Scenic Rim Scenic recently surveyed residents about their views on the Adani coal project. Photo: Supplied

SURVEY SAYS: Keep the Scenic Rim Scenic recently surveyed residents about their views on the Adani coal project. Photo: Supplied

Community group Keep the Scenic Rim Scenic surveyed 108 people at the Boonah World Environment Day festival on July 15.

According to KTSRS’s Tracey Larkin, the survey also showed a lack of support for the planned government spend of $1 billion of public money on the project, and that respondents strongly prefer an investment in renewable energy.

“This survey is similar to surveys occurring simultaneously around the country coordinated by the #stopadani action group,” Mrs Larkin told the Times this week.

“On average, around Australia, 85 per cent of people oppose Adani.

“Even Malcolm Turnbull’s own electorate is 70 per cent opposed to the project.”

Not a priority: Buchholz

The survey came in response to federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz’s assertion that the views of KTSRS about the Adani coal mine were not shared by the community.

“He has since qualified this statement to say that while he has had some contact from community after the meeting with KTSRS, he considers their concerns are not a priority for the region,” Mrs Larkin said.

“The survey clearly and objectively indicates that local community is very much concerned about the Adani project.

“Mr Buccholz would be better advised by real data provided by this research than his ‘hunch’ on what community sentiment is.”

Despite contacting the electorate office of Mr Buchholz at Beaudesert three times since the survey, via telephone and email, according to Mrs Larkin he has not made any further response to KTSRS’s request for a meeting to present and discuss the community survey results.

“This is despite him being within his electorate for parliament’s six-week winter break,” she said.

Mr Buchholz spent part of July visiting more than 30,000 troops from Australia and the United States near Rockhampton to watch war games between the two countries. Parliament resumed on August 8.

According to a ReachTel polled released in June, 2017, the majority of voters in the Liberal-held electorates of Cook, Curtin, Dickson, Flinders, Kooyong, Sturt, and Wentworth oppose taxpayer subsidies for Adani.