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Letter handover to Minister today

Concerned people in S.A. will take a place in a line-up to hand deliver letters to the State
Treasurer and Minister of Minerals and Energy, the Hon. Tom Koutsantonis on July 2nd 2014 at 12 noon State Administration Centre, 200 Victoria Square, Adelaide (next to Flinders University Building).

The letters will refer to petroleum and mineral exploration and projects, with requests that these activities on our sustainable farmland be stopped. Also, a petition, signed by over 780 local residents, will be presented to Mr.Koutsantonis, asking for amendments to applicable Acts, for the rights of land owners and farmers to say “no” to exploration or projects.

This event will precede a state rally and protest march on 2nd August at 10 a.m. on the steps
of Parliament House, and a protest march along King William Street, with a further rally at
Victoria Square at 10.30am. The rally and protest march is titled “Save our food bowl, water
and tourism”.

At present, there is only 4.6% of agricultural and cropping land left outside of pastoral areas.
Many farmers and concerned people believe that any type of petroleum and mining exploration
and projects simply cannot co-exist with agriculture, grazing and cropping. This is based on
evidence of what has happened elsewhere in Australia and overseas. Concerns include the
negative impact on our precious ground and surface water supplies, air and soil contamination,
health and quality of life issues, loss of native vegetation, and the loss of agricultural land for food
and wine production. Our state’s reputation as a producer of “Clean and Green” food, fibre and
wine should not be placed at risk. Farmers and others believe that our sustainable farmland
must be exempt from petroleum and mineral exploration and projects.
MEDIA CONTACT: Anne Daw mob 0435 030 998 annedaw@bigpond.com

Press release: Limestone Coast Protection Alliance

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