Elaine de Saxe donated 2017-09-12 10:15:36 +1000$34,658.00 raisedGOAL: $35,000.00
This is an edited excerpt from the ABC story. Click here for the full segment.
The recent ABC 7.30 program highlighted the ongoing campaign to shut down the work of community groups like Lock the Gate.
This is the latest attack in government and industry's long running campaign to reduce the effectiveness of groups working to protect our land, water and communities from destructive mining.
They’re trying to strip our tax deductible status, silence our voices during elections and increase our red-tape.
We’re determined to keep on doing our work supporting landholders and communities but we need your support to carry on.
Please help us stand up to the bullies and continue our vital work!
Your donation allows us to:
Speak out in the media and confront the pro-coal and pro-gas agenda.
Undertake research and let the public know when these mining companies illegally breach their own pollution licences, contaminate rivers and pollute the air.
Assist farmers, community members and Traditional Owners on the front line of destructive coal and gas projects to stand up for their rights.
Make Coal Giants Pay for Mine Clean-Up
Our new report – Abandoned Mines in Queensland: Toxic Time-bomb or Employment Opportunity? – calls for big mining companies to cover the cost of rehabilitating the State’s abandoned mines and estimates that this would generate 6000 jobs in regional Queensland!
There are too many large abandoned mines, and the full cost of cleaning them up is too large and should not fall on taxpayers. If mines are levied to pay for the clean up, they can also create jobs in the process.
Why should we miss out on hundreds of schools and hospitals because we’re footing the bill for the mess left behind by irresponsible mining companies?
- Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Report (pdf)
- ACF Mine Rehab Stories
- Abandoned Mines in Queensland Report
- NSW Coal Pit Legacy
- Mine Rehab Closure Cost Report
- Rhetoric Vs Reality. Rehab performance snapshot
We call on the NSW and Queensland Premiers to strengthen weak mining laws and force companies to honour their obligations to rehabilitate their mines. The following needs to be done:
- Increase the required deposit to cover rehabilitation costs
- Require all future mines to backfill their mining pits and protect water resources
- Establish an independent authority to monitor and enforce mine rehabilitation
- Penalise companies who breach rehabilitation requirements.
Together we can ensure that the mining industry is held to account and that our land and water resources are protected against abandoned mines.
Elaine de Saxe endorsed 2015-08-25 20:28:16 +1000
Bishops, wine-makers, livestock producers and conservationists have penned a joint letter to NSW Premier Mike Baird calling on him to protect our common home from a coal mining industry that is out of control. You can read the full text of the joint letter here
Our common home, our farmland, rivers, villages and bushland are being torn up or ruined for coal mining. How long are coal affected communities expected to wait for the Government to do something to fix up coal mining?
We've put an ad in Mike Baird's local paper, the Manly Daily, and want all of you to give him a call and add your voice to the push to reform coal mining and save our communities, landscapes and rural industries. Can you call him?