Bodsworth, P, 2010––Protection of water and natural resources from coal mining in Queensland
The coal industry is expanding at an unprecedented rate – the Queensland Government will double its coal exports in the next 20 years and create 40,000 coal seam gas wells in the Darling Downs – and this is affecting the health, livelihood, environment and water supply of rural communities.
In this ‘coal rush’ there is a convergence of goals between environmentalists and farming stakeholders, with both groups advocating the protection of prime agricultural land and nature refuges from mining and extractive development.
This thesis used ethnographic methods to gain the perspectives of farmer participants and demonstrate that diverse stakeholders with a common goal can collaborate on environmental issues, despite historical antagonism or divergent values, and allow excluded voices to contribute to the management of water and natural resources.
Prue Bodsworth is an environmental engineer who is passionate about grass-roots community organising for the protection of the environment and local livelihoods.
After finishing the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management in 2010, Prue is now working for an environmental NGO where she looks forward to using her technical and community engagement skills in integrated water management.
In particular, Prue hopes to increase awareness of the impacts that coal and coal seam gas companies are having on groundwater systems and rivers across NSW and QLD, and their contribution to climate change.