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Feedlot Industry congratulates Miles Government leadership decision to protect GAB from Carbon Capture and Storage

The Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) have congratulated the Miles Government on today’s announcement to permanently ban Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) activities in the Queensland component of the Great Artesian Basin (GAB).

 

The announcement cements the Queensland Environmental Regulator’s announcement last week that the proposed Carbon Transport and Storage Corporation (CTSCo) Surat Basin CCS Project was not suitable due to potential contamination and migration impacts on groundwater resources in the GAB.

 

ALFA President Barb Madden said today’s landmark decision by Queensland Premier Steven Miles demonstrates a government willing to listen to the concerns of Queensland agricultural businesses and act decisively to prioritise food security.

 

“ALFA congratulates Queensland Premier, Steven Miles, and Agricultural Minister, Mark Furner, on listening to the concerns of the cattle lot feeding industry and showing enormous leadership in safeguarding against future CCS proposals in the GAB.

 

“Today the Queensland Government has decided to protect a critically important water resource and prioritise this for current and future agricultural and community use,” Mrs Madden said.

 

“On behalf of the many cattle lot feeding businesses located in the GAB region I welcome the Miles Government decision to protect GAB water from the risks of CCS and extend our thanks and appreciation.

 

“This issue has galvanised and brought together an array of industry, conservationists and community groups who have stood fast in opposition to CCS in the GAB.

 

“In reaching today’s outcome I would particularly like to acknowledge and thank AgForce, Queensland Farmers’ Federation and the National Farmers’ Federation on their tireless and collaborative advocacy efforts,” Mrs Madden said.


“Today’s decision sets an important precedent for other governments to put similar protections in place to protect GAB water under their jurisdiction and prioritise this resource for agricultural and community use.

 

ENDS.

Media Enquiries:

Barb Madden

ALFA President info@feedlots.com.au

(02) 9290 3700


Madie Hamilton

ALFA GM – Communications & Engagement

(02) 9290 3700

 

 

 

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