Felton group labels Ambre mining 'zombie apocalypse'
FRIENDS of Felton has ramped up its rhetoric about mining groups, labelling an application by Ambre Energy a "zombie apocalypse".
A mineral development licence was lodged by Ambre Energy (Felton) Pty Ltd on July 25 this year.
The application comes after a coal mining and petrochemical plant plans were rejected by the Queensland Government in 2012.
President Rob McCreath said the application was a nightmare.
"We thought Ambre Energy was dead and buried. We fought them for four and a half years and we won in 2012 when the government rejected the mining lease application.
"Now it seems they're back from the dead, that's why we're describing it as a zombie apocalypse."
The application covers an area near Felton, Pittsworth, Southbrook, Cambooya, Clifton and Leyburn.
Mr McCreath said coal extraction was not compatible with agricultural area.
"With the foodbowl we have and the food festival (Felton Food Festival) being such an important event for the whole state.
"Pressure needs to go on Anthony Lynham (Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines) to reject this application.
"The government needs to take away expired permits - to secure the region's future as an hub for tourism and agriculture."
Mr McCreath said even when permits were expired they still showed on maps.
"We think they should be taken away, so the area is shown as free from mining permits.
The Chronicle contacted Ambre Energy for comment.