Bridging The Divide

Cameby Road, Miles, QLD

Cameby Road, Miles, QLD

Bridging the Divide Inc. is an independent, apolitical nonprofit organisation whose primary objectives are:

  • To promote better understanding, clearer communication, and stronger social ties between urban-based and regional / rural-based Australians.
  • To establish and maintain long-term communication and support networks linking rural-, regional- and urban-based Australians around issues of health and social justice.
Bridging the Divide

Bridging the Divide

Our members and supporters are united in the passionate belief that bridging the urban-rural divide at grassroots level is an urgent requirement for a sustainable Australia.

Our activities include:

  • Fact-finding city-country bus tours and networking events in response to invitations from rural and regional members
  • Facilitation of independent health and environmental testing and monitoring in rural and regional areas
  • Urban-rural communication and support network through social activities and networking via all forms of media
  • Liaison and partnership with stakeholder, community and representative groups operating in the areas of health, social justice, and regional / rural issues

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Bridging The Divide is an incorporated association registered under Queensland law, and is funded by membership fees, donations, and community grants in strict accordance with our Objects of Association.

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Symptomatology of a gas field – Independent Research Report

Symptomatology of a gas field

An independent health survey in the Tara rural residential estates and environs

Dr Geralyn McCarron MB BCh BAO FRACGP


The unconventional gas industry has been allowed rapid, unprecedented expansion in Queensland within recent years with little regard to the public health consequences. The people of the remote rural residential estates on the Western Downs near Tara in Queensland are suffering from the side-effects of the industry. Despite their pleas over the past few years to successive Queensland Governments, as illustrated in the recently released Queensland Government health report into the effects of CSG in the Tara region, their reports of ill health have been trivialised or ignored.

Conversely this study found a pattern of symptoms which is extremely concerning. In particular a high percentage of the residents surveyed had symptoms which could relate to neurotoxicity. These included tingling, paraesthesiai, numbness, headaches, difficulty concentrating and extreme fatigue. Of particular concern was the high percentage of symptomatic children, with paraesthesia being reported in approximately a third (15/48) of children to age 18, and headaches being reported in more than 70% (36/48). These symptoms deserve further investigation, something which has not been done adequately to date. If these symptoms are caused by living within a gas field, there are serious implications not only for this community but for many more across Australia. If the health implications of the unconventional gas industry continue to be ignored and the industry is allowed to develop along its current path, the potential exists for serious and widespread harm to human health across Austral

ANZAC Day in Acland – Bus Trip

ANZAC Day in Acland – Bus Trip

For a PDF version of this itinerary, please click here BTDAnzacDayAcland

25th April

7:00am Roma Street Transit Centre
9:30am Arrive at Acland
10am Anzac Day Service
11am Morning Tea / Lunch
2pm Travel back to Brisbane
4:30pm Arrive at Roma Street Transit Centre

We can pick up people en route

Cost $30

Registration Form  (click on this link to register for this event)

Contact: Annette Hutchins 0406654626

Felton Food Festival Bus Trip

Felton Food Festival Bus Trip

Please note important changes below.

Sunday, 14th April
We will be travelling by car.
– 9am Depart Roma Street Transit Centre or pick up along the way.
– 10:30am -Attend the Felton Food Festival
– 2pm return to Brisbane
– 4pm arrive in Brisbane
BYO spending money for Felton Food Festival

Cost – $25

Heritage Bank
Bridging the Divide
BSB – 638070
Account Number – 13006533

Annette Hutchins – 0406654626
Cassie McMahon – 0427166166

Registration Form  (click on link to register for this event)