Name withheld, Former Byron resident
Unfortunately and fortunately I’ve landed a full-time job teachingin Emerald in Central Qld, not far from Clermont. Many people here think the opposite from us in Byron Shire.
The frame of mind up here is unbelievable. I’ve experienced 43-degree heat on playground duty, and not many understand about climate change or recycling or that the water table will be affected with Adani and the other mines that have almost gained approval here.
Many other mines have opened in the last six months, but the focus is on Adani.
The town of Blackwater is a pop-up town of 25-yr-olds and it was named Blackwater because the creek or river turned black from the coal after they mined it. They have diverted the river and it is now apparently clean!