Bimblebox fuels campaign

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Bimblebox fuels campaign

Mining stories: co-owner of Bimblebox Nature Reserve in Queensland, Paola Cassoni, spoke about her battle against coal seam gas mining at an event in Leongatha organised by Sam Massey from Mirboo North.

LOCK the Gate advocates in South Gippsland were encouraged to continue their fight against major mining companies at the screening of the documentary Bimblebox at the Dakers Centre in Leongatha yesterday (Tuesday).

Around 60 people watched the regional premiere of the film based around the story of Paola Cassoni, who is the co-owner of Bimblebox Nature Refuge near the town of Alpha in Queensland, and her struggle to keep mining magnates off her land.

The Bimblebox Nature Refuge, with its 8000 hectares of virgin bush and around 2000 species of flora and fauna, is currently being pursued for a mining project called ‘China First’, with plans of establishing four of the biggest open cut and underground mines in the world.

Ms Cassoni said she assumed Bimblebox would be protected from mining developments as an agreement with the Federal Government was made to protect the land for 999 years, while a State Government agreement was also made to protect the refuge for 99 years.

“I thought that for our lives, our children’s and grandchildren’s lives, we would maintain this biodiversity,” she said.

“I was so naive to think that a couple of phone calls would fix this up.”

Read the full story in next week’s Star.

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