Six years in a dust storm: life near a coal mine Aileen Harrison reports

By Aileen Harrison* In April 1998 we moved into our dream home at Highland Plains, near Acland, Queensland, starting a tourist attraction with bus loads of tourists arriving to see our alpacas, as well as our craft and memorabilia display. Alas for us, the Acland open cut coal mine started up in August 2002. We were told at the start there would no dust, noise, lights or any other disruptions to our everyday life. For the first two years, life next to the mine was not pleasant but it was liveable. Then Stage 2 started. We were located about 1.5 kilometres away from the actual mining, yet the lights were […]