THE widow of sheep farmer George Bender, who took his life after a lengthy battle with coal seam gas companies, has slammed the Queensland Premier for refusing to meet with the family.
Pam Bender said the Queensland Government had ignored the pleas of the family to help desperate farmers and landholders.
She said it was "disgraceful" that Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had not agreed to meet with the grieving family.
"CSG industries hounded and bullied George for 10 years," she said in a statement published on Lock The Gate Alliance's website.
"The State Government ignored our pleas for help and it's disgraceful that the Premier still hasn't agreed to meet us
"We need to make sure that George's death was not in vain and that the Premier will do something now to make sure other desperate farmers and landholders are helped before it's too late for them too."
A spokesperson for anti-CSG group Hopeland Sustainability Community Group, Shay Dougall, said the people of Queensland and Australia were finally hearing about what the Bender family and others dealing with CSG mining had been forced to endure for many years.
"The CSG industry, Queensland Resources Council and the State Government have all ignored us and used us as collateral damage," Mrs Dougall said.
"The CSG industry is trashing people's lives, farmland, water and health and it's got to stop right now.
"People must have the right to say 'no' to mining on Queensland's precious farmland."
The resources council said in a statement it was saddened by Mr Bender's death but would not join in claims and conjecture about his tragic passing and his state of mind.
"We fully respect the perspectives shared by his family in their moving statement last week.
"They have our sincere condolences for their loss.
"Mr Bender was an important voice for the farming community and we'll miss his passionate contribution to the public debate (on coal seam gas)."
Mr Bender's youngest child and only daughter Helen Bender visited Toowoomba on Monday to join the audience of ABC panel discussion program Q & A.
She also called for farmers be given the right to say no to the CSG companies from coming on to their land and accused politicians of not listening.
Rural Health Minister Fiona Nash said on the night she personally supported the rights of farmers to be able to say no.
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