Protecting The Rivers
The Channel Country floodplains are areas of great spiritual and cultural significance to the Mithaka People and we are concerned about the unknown risks and impacts of unconventional mining (coal seam, shale and tight gas) on all aspects of the environment including people and animal life.
Below the Channel Country lies the Great Artesian Basin. It is the only reliable source of water across vast areas of Queensland. It supports many outback towns and the pastoral industry and has done for more than 130 years. It also has great cultural significance to our people. Should this basin be damaged or polluted the consequences would be dire.
In 2011, the Bligh Government made Declarations for the Cooper, Diamantina and Georgina systems under the Wild Rivers Act 2005.
In 2013, the Newman Government, without consultation, revoked the Declarations and in 2014 repealed the Wild River Act. It was replaced with weaker controls under the Regional Planning Interests Regulation. Importantly, in the Channel Country, unconventional gas mining is now allowed in floodplain areas.
In the lead up to the 2015 Queensland election, Labor committed to restoring strong protections to the Channel Country rivers, which was welcomed by Mithaka Traditional Owners and many in the community.
Mithaka People want economic development in Outback regions but not at the expense of our land, culture, nor the existing industries. The rivers and floodplains are the heart of our country and culture as well as the pastoral and tourism industries. Our communities depend on them. They need to be protected from potential destruction and pollution.
Mithaka Aboriginal Corporation have now released their official Pristine Rivers Position Statement. To view our Pristine Rivers Statement please Click Here