Chinchilla mum brings CSG fight to PM’s doorstep
CHINCHILLA mother Narelle Nothdurft has journeyed to Prime Minister Tony Abbott's electorate office in Sydney in a bid to give landholders the right to block coal seam gas mining on their property.
The mother of eleven joined Federal Greens Senator Larissa Waters, independent Senator Glenn Lazarus and about 50 protesters to deliver a petition with more than 10,000 signatures on Tuesday.
Mrs Nothdurft still has six children living at her Chinchilla home.
She says everyone in her family has suffered health effects since QGC started drilling on the property in 2005.
"All of the children, me and my husband suffer very bad headaches and a couple have been having nose bleeds," she said.
"We're sick all the time.
"We mainly suffer from the noise of the wells, the rigs and the plants. We're only 6km from the Kenya plant and the noise is horrendous.
"My husband and I don't sleep at night and we don't use one of our rooms because it is always rattling."
Mrs Nothdurft said she was paid $265 per well per year - a grand annual total of $1855 for the seven wells on her land.
"They said if we didn't let them come, they would take us to the Land Court and take our land off us," she said.
"That's why I'm passionate about coming here to fight for farmers and families to have the right to say no.
"My husband refused to sign a confidentiality agreement when they came, which is why I'm able to talk about how much money we get.
"Not many people around Chinchilla are able to tell you."