If you've never lived next to a coal mine, you may not appreciate how horribly noisy it is.
The NSW Government has just given Rio Tinto approval to expand its huge Warkworth open-cut coal mine, which threatens to wipe out the village of Bulga, bulldoze a rare and threatened bushland ecosystem, and forever destroy an area of immense cultural importance to the Wonnarua people of the Hunter Valley.
Bulga locals have fought the coal project for five years, and have even beaten it in court. Twice. But the NSW Coalition Government and Rio Tinto colluded to sabotage the rule of law, condemn the village of Bulga to extinction, and chain the Hunter Valley to coal – a dead-end industry that the rest of the world is rapidly moving away from as climate change takes hold.
Bulga residents and Wonnarua traditional owners are stepping up the fight to save their home, but they need your support! Their struggle against the combined might of Rio Tinto and the state government has attracted the attention of the world, and thousands of supporters have pledged to stand with Bulga locals and beat Rio's coal mine. Will you join us?
On 17 December, Bulga is travelling to Sydney to give decision-makers a small taste of what it's like to live next to a coal mine. We'll meet in the park outside NSW Planning Department headquarters, and we'll make a lot of noise. Just like a coal mine, we'll be impossible to ignore.
Bring pots, bring pans, bring drums or horns, or just bring your voice. We'll make some noise for Bulga, and remind the Planning Department, and the Baird government, that the battle for Bulga is only just beginning.
23 Bridge St
Sydney, NSW 2000
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