Join us this Saturday 22 October at 4:45 pm on Collaroy beach for our Coal Leaves Holes family friendly action to highlight the need for mine rehabilitation in NSW
When NSW mega coal mines close we're going to be left with huge unfilled pits, combined larger than Sydney Harbour.
Bring your toy trucks, bucket and spade for this fun family photo opportunity! Help dig a "mega mining pit" hole on Collaroy beach, at the Southern end, near the Solar Stage at Northern Beaches Music Festival. Group photo at approx 5pm.
Energy & Resource Insights research reveals a total of 45 pits, covering 6,050 hectares are either planned or approved for NSW. By comparison, Sydney Harbour covers an area of approximately 5,500hectares!
These unrehabilitated pits will continue to pose
environmental risk for decades, or even centuries, after a mine closes. Most of these unrehabilitated pits
will be in the Hunter region, but six are planned and approved for the Namoi region, around the Liverpool
The biggest of the approved unrehabilitated pits will be at Rio Tinto’s Warkworth mine. The pits left by that mine will cover 880 hectares – more than 800 football fields. BHP Billiton’s sprawling Mount Arthur mine near Muswellbrook will leave three voids behind, with a combined size of 700 hectares.
More info: www.lockthegate.org.au/minerehab