Tuesday 3 October 2017
I have been working with environmentalists on questions in Parliament to increase transparency on the controversial Maules Creek open cut coal mine in north west NSW, near Gunnedah. The mine was allowed to destroy the Leard State Forest which was home to over 30 endangered species and has impacted on neighbouring farmland through dust and noise pollution as well as a decline in agricultural output.
After three years of failing to comply with a number of environmental criteria, the Environmental Protection Authority escalated the mine’s environmental risk to a Level 3, shared only by two other highly polluting coal mines in NSW. Despite this, Whitehaven Coal has aggressive expansion plans that must be resisted, including a proposed Vickery 10 Million tonne per annum mine which would have a pit just 300 metres from the Namoi River, placing downstream users at risk. While this is outside the electorate, species loss, risk to food growing regions and waterways as well as erosion of rural communities are important concerns for city dwellers. To find out more and get active: [email protected].