Outrage over Chinese water mine plan in Southern Downs

Farmer Andrew O'Dea

Farmers and landholders in the drought-hit Southern Downs ­region of Queensland are furious over the lack of government and council opposition to a Chinese-owned company’s plan to mine nearly 100 million ­litres of local groundwater a year and sell it off, at a time when local towns are so dry they are ­relying on trucked-in water to keep their taps running.