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The ageing alpaca farmer who brought a Darling Downs coal mine to a halt

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Friday February 05, 2021

Aileen Harrison says the New Acland mine made her family sick and led to the loss of the house she built. But the success of her High Court appeal has dismayed workers facing an uncertain future.

Aileen Harrison and her husband moved to the Oakey area 23 years ago and built the home they planned to spend their retirement in. (ABC photo)

In all her 84 years, Alpaca farmer Harrison had never set foot in a courtroom — but that changed when she took on a powerful coal mine.

Now the president of the Oakey Coal Action Alliance (OCAA), Harrison is well-acquainted…

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