Coal mine approvals rigged... a fed up community not unlike Capertee Valley.. call for support
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From: Bev Smiles - 350.org
Date: Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 3:03 PM
Subject: Coal mine approvals rigged
Bev Smiles, I have lived in the Wollar community for most of my life. It has
been a great place to grow food, raise a family and work in a close knit
community. We have had Peabody Energy mining coal in our neighbourhood for 10
years. They keep expanding their mine and pushing our friends out. This time
they want to mine within 1.5km of Wollar village and we've had enough.
NSW Government is holding yet another "public consultation" for this
big coal mine, but this time, the community has had enough and we're boycotting it.
This public hearing, on Peabody’s proposed Wilpinjong coal mine expansion, will
decide the fate of the Hunter Valley village of Wollar and whether millions
more tonnes of carbon are unleashed on the climate.
the hearing, a Planning Assessment Commission Panel will hear from stakeholders
who are for and against the project with the task of then making a
recommendation from a social, environmental and economic perspective on if and
how the project should progress, but we've been to these “public hearing”
events before and every time, we speak and nobody listens. The facts do
not count. The decision does not change. Even when the Commission makes good recommendations,
they get ignored. The worst thing is – it takes away our legal right to raise
our objections in a court of law, where facts do count.
So instead of participating in this dodgy
approvals sham, the Wollar community is calling out for people to join protests
against the coal mine in Sydney and in Mudgee. Will
you join us?
of the Wilpinjong coal mine expansion will be the death of the Upper Hunter
community of Wollar. Coal mining has already destroyed the social fabric of
Wollar. Once a bustling farming town in the Hunter Valley -- the community have
now lost both their churches, their mechanic and their fire brigade -- as
families have been forced to sell up and leave the area to protect their
health. Peabody already own 70% of land in the area and now want to expand even
instead of sitting through another ‘community consultation’ with a foregone
conclusion in favour of the miners, the Wollar community is asking for your
support to Boycott the hearing. Join us in Mudgee or in Sydney:
When: 9.30am on Tuesday
29 November Where:
Mudgee - Town Hall Theatre, 64 Market Street (3 ½ hours drive from Sydney); or
Sydney - 52 Martin Place RSVP:Here
the Planning Assessment Commission is holding its ridiculous circus inside
Mudgee Town Hall, we're going to be protesting out the front. We need to show
Planning Minister Rob Stokes that we will not participate in a meaningless
stunt that serves only to take away our legal rights. We actually want to stop
the Wilpinjong coal mine expansion.
If you can make it to Mudgee:
to Wollar the night before (Monday 28th) to meet the community and share a BBQ
dinner. Free camping with toilet and shower facilities will be provided.
the morning you will join a convoy from Wollar to Mudgee for the protest (about
40 min drive).
you can, stick around and join local activist and ground-water specialist Julie
Imrie for a 1 hr walking tour of the The Drip on your way home: The Drip and
Corner Gorges of the Goulburn River form part of an ancient, visually dramatic
landscape. This will be followed by a BBQ lunch.
down to Martin Place from 9.30 - 10.30am to support the community of Wollar and
say NO to the Wilpinjong coal mine expansion. RSVP here
tells us that to avoid the worst effects of climate change 80% of fossil fuels
need to stay in the ground. Yet the NSW Government continues to use inadequate
planning and approval processes to give the green light to coal mining
disasters like the Wilpinjong mine expansion.
join us to stand with the community of Wollar against this coal mine as the
Planning Assessment Commission begins its hearing.
a future for Wollar, Bev Smiles, Wollar
While we are boycotting this public hearing circus we do still want the NSW
Planning Assessment Commission to get plenty of public submissions against this
project. Follow this simple guide to lodge your submission by 5pm on the 5th of