Just before winning government Barry O’Farrell made a promise to the people of New South Wales: “The next Liberal/National Government will ensure that mining cannot occur … in any water catchment area, and will ensure that mining leases and mining exploration permits reflect that common sense; no ifs, no buts, a guarantee.”
Most mines in the Southern Coalfield sit within the drinking water catchment for Sydney and Wollongong and the environmental impacts have been significant.
“The NSW Government began its term by protecting Dharawal, at the headwaters of the Georges River, from mining by BHP Billiton.” says David Burgess from TEC (Total Environment Centre), “But recent approvals have cast doubt upon whether they intend to follow through with the promise of water catchment protection.”
“Right now a massive expansion project by Gujarat NRE sits before the Department of Planning and Infrastructure. It proposes ‘multi seam mining’ along with some of the widest longwall panels ever seen in the Southern Coalfield and intensive extraction around Cataract Reservoir.”
Join TEC at this important forum discussing future mining policy in the Illawarra, Friday 3rd May 6:30pm at Thirroul District Community Centre & Library – tickets are free but bookings essential.
- David Kitto – Director, Mining and Industry, NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure
- Dr Ann Young – Environmental Scientist, member of Dendrobium Community Consultative Committee
- David Burgess – Natural Areas Campaigner, Total Environment Centre
[contact] David Burgess[/contact]
[phone]0422 366 275[/phone]