COAL seam gas mining in Corowa will cause more mental health issues than the millennium drought according to spokeswoman for Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health Lizette Salmon.
Two movies that tell powerful stories of people who have been affected by coal seam gas mining will premiere on Wednesday and Ms Salmon said it was to help people understand the consequences of it happening in the region.
Two companies have applied for coal seam gas exploration licences in Corowa and Ms Salmon said it should be mandatory for the Corowa council, landholders and people living in the shire to watch the movies.
“The council can have a say about some of the influences and how it gets rolled out,” she said.
Ms Salmon said coal seam gas and coal mining would lead to “devastating” social, agricultural and environmental effects.
“It splits communities and affects the quality and quantity of groundwater,” she said.
Baranduda Landcare member Glenda Datson said it was important for people to be informed about the issue.
“Coal and gas mining are very topical,” she said.
“This event provides an opportunity for locals to learn from other communities with recent firsthand experience of these industries and gain a better understanding of potential environmental and social impacts.”
The films will be shown from 7.30pm at Baranduda Community Centre where a petition is available to sign against coal and gas mining.
Anyone wanting to attend the viewing must RSVP to email@example.com by Monday.