Drought, heat and fish kills ‘all reasons to stop Adani coal mine’, says Albury lobby group

STEP UP: Stop Adani Albury-Wodonga convenor Tracey Esler says record heat and drought are more reasons to prevent the coal mine. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE
STEP UP: Stop Adani Albury-Wodonga convenor Tracey Esler says record heat and drought are more reasons to prevent the coal mine. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

Drought, record temperatures and fish kills in NSW are all further reasons not to establish a mega coal mine in the central Queensland, according to Stop Adani Albury-Wodonga.

Convenor Tracey Esler, leading a walk through Wodonga on Saturday, said the Carmichael coal mine would threaten water supply and contribute to climate change.

“We have done about 10 of these walks and find we get a good response – our surveys show 70 per cent of people agree with our concerns,” she said.

“We must urgently transition away from fossil fuel use and an obvious first step is to stop the Adani coal mine and save the Great Artesian Basin from destruction.

“The Adani mine will use billions of litres of water and the Great Artesian Basin, which feeds our Murray Darling Basin, and is already under great stress.”

Ms Esler said poor water management had contributed to fish kills in the Darling River and Menindee Lakes, but underwriting rising temperatures and falling water levels was climate change.

“Small communities along the Murray Darling Basin are struggling to survive droughts and all week Albury will suffer maximum temperatures between 40 and 46 degrees,” she said.

“If it’s this hot now, imagine what it will be like for our grandchildren.”

Ms Esler said if the mine was approved – with a number of assessments still yet to be completed – Stop Adani campaign founder and environmentalist Bob Brown would lead thousands of cars up the East Coast, stopping at Albury-Wodonga.